This work emerges from the Places We Sit series by artist Gareth Hart. With humour and playfulness, the series reflects upon human habitation and the impact on local environments and culture. Within the context of the ‘Anthropocene’, this work employs beauty and composition to engage an audience in thoughtful reflection on the triangular relationships between the natural world, our bodies, and that ubiquitous icon of industrialization: plastic. As a metaphor for our presence within this planetary context, the chair represents the significant impact we have had through settlement, on the pre-existing world. As a counterpoint to Al Gore documentaries, melting ice caps, and the intensity of deforestation, Places We Sit asks us to consider our personal embodied impact on very local surroundings, with a lightness of being. Gareth grew up in Croydon on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri.
Ringwood Station & Maroondah Highway, Ringwood VIC
The Maroondah Signal Box Program is an initiative of the Arts and Culture Team, Maroondah City Council managed in conjunction with Urban Smart Projects. Artworks installed in 2021 responded to the theme 'Celebrating Cultural Vibrancy'. Artworks from 2019 responded to the theme 'Anthropocene'. The Maroondah public art collection can be found online here: https://www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/Explore/ArtsInMaroondah/Arts-things-to-see-and-do/Public-Art-in-Maroondah