Humphrey Lucy


Lucy Humphrey | Arte Laguna PrizeLucy Humphrey
Sydney, Australia 1983


Art section: Land Art

Year: 2022

Materials: Stainless steel, mirror

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SUNSET is a large scale site specific land art work. It uses a simple geometric circular form with repeated components to create a stunning amplification of the sky, based on the spiral Fibonacci sequence of a sunflower head. Originally created for Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe in 2022, the work presents a flexible installation that can be reconfigured in size, pattern and shape to suit any given site. A field of 1001 stainless steel mirror discs mounted on steel rods are oriented east-west, to reflect the daily sunrise and sunset, giving an ever-changing experience based on the time of day, season and viewing angle. The work provides an ephemeral and immersive work designed to interact with its surrounding context, as a celebration of the natural environment and coastal landscape. The work becomes part of the landscape and draws the viewer’s attention to the elemental nature of the sky – rich with colour, texture and changing light. Using light as a sculptural material the work disappears into the view, and offers audiences a constantly changing experience which is unique to each viewer. The work is made in the spirit of land art and environmental art, and specifically alludes to the form and geometry of large scale solar panel arrays. With an interest in catalysing dialogue around the climate crisis, climate activism in art and our relationship to environmental infrastructure, the work prompts the audience to consider how our response to climate change can provide beauty, intimacy and connection to the natural world. Made at a size of 10m diameter, the work comprises 1001x 116mmø folded 316 stainless steel mirror discs mounted on 5mmø 316 stainless rods which sit 420-570mm above ground. Conceived as a spiral array pattern based on the Fibonacci sequence found in a sunflower head, the work appears to sprout up from the ground, with mirrors oriented along a north-south axis to reflect sunrise and sunset. This simple form, created by a series of repeated parts, allows a large scale work that constantly changes, depending on the time of day and position of the viewer. The colours and reflections shift as you move around the work, mimicking the reflections of the sun or light on the surface of water. The work is designed to be almost invisible, like a mirage, a floating field of reflections. The work pixelates the environment and can be experienced at close range, with a human scale to its individual parts, or from afar, blending with the landscape.