In responding to the brief we explored what the visitor experience would be as they enter Melbourne Olympic Park. We thought about where their journey would take them and which parts along the way that would be important to activate. We considered what potential landmarks could be explored for the project so that if you were new to the arena and got lost in crowds you would be easily able to find your way again.
Many visitors attending ticketed tournaments would often stay on after their event had finished and simply walk around Melbourne Olympic Park to enjoy the atmosphere. For this reason we wanted to make a fun and colourful piece that people could interact with so that their whole experience at the event was entertaining, not just while they were watching the game.
The decision to use the staircase leading into the Margaret Court Arena as the site for this installation was due to its sculptural qualities that could support our concept. It also creatively contributed to the visitor experience.
Each rise of a step holds one fraction of a larger image. When viewed at the base of the staircase, the individual elements join together to make the artwork as a whole. In the same way we might think that our individual efforts towards a more sustainable future might seem futile against the larger issues of global warming and irreversible ecological damage. Yet its everyone's small steps that together make a greater impact as a whole.
If we work together then 'nothing is impossible,' including the formidable task of tackling climate change.