JAMES AND ELEANOR AVERY

 

OUR DAY OUT city limits

Spike Island, Bristol, UK
www.spikeisland.org.uk

June 2005

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OUR DAY OUT city limits was the culmination of a three month collaborative residency at Spike Island, Bristol, UK, which formed part of an Australia Council Arts and Craft Strategy supported project for new work.

A 1960's family tent forms the body of the installation. Balanced on top of this shaky iconic structure is a city built from cardboard, fur fabric and vinyl. Some of these buildings are home-built models collected on daytrips to tourist sights; others are modernist tower blocks made from the discarded packaging of our city's waste.

In a desperate effort to maintain the stability of this sprouting city positioned atop it's precarious structure, it has been propped up and underpinned by a mass of Acro Props and timber batons.

Building upon inappropriate foundations is an act of futility, a desperate attempt to claim the monumentality of the city whilst retaining the temporality of the tent.

A flock of birds has settled on the towers and rooftops, their featherweight forms further threatening to rock the stability of the city.

Publication

A 16 page Australia Council assisted publication, with essays by Clare Lewis, Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and Lucy Byatt, Director of Spike Island, Bristol, accompanies this project. A memento of a great day out.


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