Artists: Russell Anderson + Rebecca Ward
Location: Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast Queensland
Materials: Australian Weathering Steel, Stainless steel, RGBW pixel lights
The coil of a snake, the curl of a fern frond, a sundew flower about to unwind its honey trap: one of the most dynamic patterns found in the Wallum is the unfurling spiral. The Pouched Coral Fern (Gleichenia dicarpa) dips its feet into the tea-coloured waters of the wetlands as it traces an ever-branching and unfurling path through the Wallum. Springing from fire-charred earth and the winter dry, the optimism of new growth and renewal of nature’s abundance is unleashed in a glorious tangle of delicate fronds.
Unfurling is fabricated from 360 layers of 10mm weathering steel with interlocking stainless steel depicting fern detail. This detail is carried through in the surrounding sandblasted concrete. Unfurling has interactive sensor driven mapped pixel lights playing footage sourced from the local Wallum plants and waterways.