The following text we submitted in the tender and describes the concepts behind the project.
‘Coastal, Littoral, Intertidal’ is a gateway piece which celebrates the transition from river to sea, reflecting the transition from Chinderah on the Tweed River, to the coastal village of Kingscliff.
This concept of transition, and connection to the coastal, littoral and intertidal zones is explored with a representation of a series of sculptural panels of abstracted flora, and marine species native or endemic to the area. The concept was further inspired by the work ‘Five Bells’ by John Olsen, which is a painting which explores the littoral zone, made up of a series of connected elements from in and around the waters edge.
It is proposed that each sculptural element is constructed of layered meshed and perforated stainless steel cutouts, fixed to the concrete walls. Each element is connected by meshed metal threads, representative of the Knobby Club Rush which is found in this environmental zone, as if to weave the separate elements together, This represents that there is both a conceptual and tangible connection between them, symbolic of the ecological balance and connection. A colourful backdrop formed of painting each existing concrete retaining wall panel in a different shade provides both visual contrast and cohesion, representing the colours of the landscape that are found in this strip of land between river and sea. It is a simple strategy to counter graffiti, as each panel can be simply repainted in a standard paint colour.