Corps à Corps
(2017-2020)

Materials: coloured corrugated fibreglass, steel, aluminium, plants, soil.
Dimensions: 315m2.

Corps à Corps was a sculpture garden for the courtyard of the IMA and for the city of Brisbane. It was produced with architect Dirk Yates, and gardener Pete Shields.

The structure offered shade and seating amongst native and naturalised plant species. Shade was provided by peach coloured corrugated fibreglass, reminiscent of the roofs of Queenslander houses, beneath which a central seating area also served as a planter, made of corrugated concrete.

Flowering climbing plants on the interior of the shade structure provided a lush chandelier effect overhead. The plants selected for the garden aimed to create a community of flora, bringing together local forest and coastal plants as well as naturalised and ‘invasive’ species. This sculpture garden functioned as an outdoor exhibition open all the time.

Co-commission by the IMA and the 11th Gwangju Biennale.

Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane. Photography by Charlie Hillhouse.
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane. Photography by Charlie Hillhouse.
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane. Photography by Carl Warner.
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane. Photography by Carl Warner.
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane. Photography by Charlie Hillhouse
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane. Photography by Charlie Hillhouse.
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane. Photography by Charlie Hillhouse.
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane.
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane.
Corps à corps, IMA Brisbane.
Corps à corps model, photography by Jaala Alex.
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