Friday, January 25, 2019

A few small installations and other changes on the block

©2019 Fiona Dempster - One of Fiona's assemblages on the rust bench
Much work is being done on the block this January including: a huge amount of pruning; sorting and culling wood; sorting and culling rusty stuff; and creating a couple of sculpture terraces.

Sorting the rust bank lead us to creating a couple of frivolous bits to install on the terraces amongst the trees - things to discover as one walks along.

©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Trial assemblage by Fiona on the rust bench - made from industrial roller bearings and bicycle gears
©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Three little assemblages set on one of the terraces under the edge of a tree
©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Zigzag assemblage being bolted together  - made from unidentified bits picked up at a garage sale years ago
©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Zigzag installed between tree trunks on a lower terrace
Sorting the old timbers in the timber stack lead to the creation of a couple of 450mm cubes made up of 9 450mm lengths of 150mm square timber offcuts. We have installed one cube near the new wooden stepping stone rock-river crossing and a second one down near Graham's orchid house. Again another couple of interesting texture pieces to be discovered on one's walks.

©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Timber cut, ground and carried - ready for assembling
©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Cube under a young maple tree
©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Looking towards the Peace Book sculpture
©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Second slightly ratty cube near the orchid house shed
After removing our coffee plantation - decimated by killer weevils - and about 150 yucca plants we have almost finished creating our two gravel covered sculpture terraces . Each terrace is about 3m wide and 20m long. The dingo machine operator carted the 12 cubic meters of gravel while Fiona and I raked it into shape - fours hours non-stop - we hit a wall that day. We have installed turf at the end of the terraces to give them a soft contrasting finish. Now we need to finish the job by installing more coir logs and jute matting;  and fixing the gravel to the almost vertical sections of woven coir matting.

©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Earthworks replace the coffee plantation - turning four terraces into two
©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Gravelled terraces - still need to fix the gravel to the almost vertical sections
©2019 Fiona Dempster  - Laying buffalo grass turf around the end of the two terraces.
Fiona and I just love the fact that the block nurtures us; and through our creativity we nurture it.


  1. The bicycle gear assemblages look like topiaries ... and the angular sculpture was well worth waiting for (we too have rusty bits that sit for a while before they announce themselves).

    That's a significant amount of clearing ... Don and I were delighted to find at the end that you are using buffalo grass as cover, which is a favorite of ours. As for "fixing gravel to almost vertical sections," all I can say is "wow"

  2. LA and MC - thanks faithful fellow artists - not a lot of folk , sometimes including myself, set aside the time to not only read blogs but leave comments. LA - the bicycle gears assemblages do look like little trees; and fellow collectors and recyclers do understand the need to wait sometimes to find the right use for bits. MC - we smile when we see the cubes - such simple honest shapes. Go well. B


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