Corps à Corps
Materials: coloured corrugated fibreglass, steel, aluminium, plants, soil.
Corps à Corps is 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 offers shade and seating amongst native and naturalised plant species. Shade is provided by peach coloured corrugated fibreglass, reminiscent of the roofs of Queenslander houses, beneath which a central seating area also serves as a planter, made of corrugated concrete.
Flowering climbing plants on the interior of the shade structure provide a lush chandelier effect overhead. The plants selected for the garden aim to create a community of flora, bringing together local forest and coastal plants as well as naturalised and ‘invasive’ species. This sculpture garden functions as an outdoor exhibition open all the time.
Co-commission by the IMA and the 11th Gwangju Biennale, with the support of the Keir Foundation and the Australian Government, Department of Communications and the Arts through Catalyst.