Life on the Factory Floor

A couple of weeks ago Tove Langridge (of TW Fine Art) and I visited the Sunshine Coast factory where my aluminium 'fig tree' is being fabricated. The big, shiny thing is set to adorn the façade of a new Brunswick St (Fortitude Valley) development and we got to peek behind the curtain and witness the intricacies of the tree being cut from a large sheet of metal.

The workers at Architectural Metalworks Australia were full of enthusiasm for the project and I was thrilled to see them taking so much pride in the work (it is just as much their piece as mine; they took my sketch and translated into the three dimensional world, which is the kind of magic that's beyond me).

The piece will be installed in early March and I'll post some photos of it in situ then, but in the meantime here's a look at the behind-the-scenes of a very hot, very noisy metal fabrication factory seen through the eyes of two artists (one who is very partial to shiny things!).

(Thanks to Tove for many of these photos).