JAMES AND ELEANOR AVERY

 

Bonbird

Permanent public artwork

Bonbeach Railway Station,
Nepean Highway, Bonbeach, Victoria, Australia
installed March 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Bonbird is a permanent public artwork at Bonbeach Railway Station, curated by ADA Consulting for The Level Crossings Removal Project and Southern Program Alliance. Fabricated by Stainless Aesthetics, Brisbane.

Sited at the end of the arbour near the station entrance/exit, Bonbird directly references the birdlife of the nearby Edithvale Wetlands, representing the notion of migration and journeying for travellers and commuters visiting or residing at Bonbeach.  The form of the artwork is loosely inspired by the shape of glass insulators made in the historic Australian Glass Manufacturers which was sited nearby.  The quiff references waves, rolled up beach towels and periwinkle shells that are found in shell middens of Traditional Owners on nearby clifftops. The black and white of the quiff reflects the striped swim caps of the local Bonbeach Life Saving Club.  The blue of the bird is inspired by the colour of the sea and the blue striped beach huts that sit along the bay. A beach ball is made of brushed steel to represent the silver sands of Bonbeach. 

Bonbird
U-Pol and 2-pack painted aluminium, stainless steel
220 x 246 x 130 cm
2022

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