PROJECT | Moth ascending the Capital
LOCATION | Drakeford Drive, Canberra, ACT.
CLIENT | artsACT
MATERIALS | Polychrome steel, zinc and kinetic lightwork 5m x 12m x 4m.
DATE | 2011
Moth ascending the Capital references the annual journey made by millions of Bogong moths from the mountains to the plains to breed. This mass migration was once a time of plenty for the traditional owners of the land where Canberra now stands. Today the migration often ends with vast swarms of hapless moths inundating the brightly lit Capital Hill. The form is modelled on a stroboscopic film of a single moths erratic flight path. The memetic eye spots of the original moth’s wings become talismanic devices guiding the work through the Canberra landscape.
Photo: courtesy of the ABC