Yesterday afternoon I wandered down to Barwon Valley Park to have a look at the temporary Sheoak Sculpture and Fire installation by local artists Viktor Cebergs, Glenn Romanis and Mark Trinham.
Spanning about 50 metres across an open grassy area next to the Barwon River, the sculpture represents a native Sheoak branch formed with granite, basalt, quartz, scoria, river pebbles and sand. It is studded with 2 metre high mounds of sawn-cut recycled pine logs to symbolise the Sheoak pods. The position of each pod is arranged so that when viewed collectively from above, it forms the constellation of the Southern Cross.
The white lines that run from the cross and the two pointers show how direct south can be determined where the white lines intersect. The ‘South’ point is represented by the spiral timber structure at the end.
I got there just in time for the fire lighting. The gentle wisps of smoke emitting from the tops of each structure were soon overcome by a raging blaze. It was an impressive sight to see the Sheoak pod sculptures burst into flames. It seems such a shame to see the artists’ hard work literally go up in smoke but it is symbolic of the fragility and impermanence of all things.
The fire installation burned well into the night, bright as the stars in a constellation-strewn sky.