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The cubic structural evolution project 2004 | Plastic Lego blocks | Installed size variable / Purchased 2005. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

21st Century Kids: Olafur Eliasson ‘The cubic structural evolution project’ 2004

Olfaur Eliasson’s unique installation puts the construction of a city into children’s hands! With thousands of white Lego pieces, the task is to create and re-create an ever-evolving metropolis. Over the course of the exhibition the project will change dramatically as young visitors build new constructions informed by both the world around them and their imaginations.

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Olafur Eliasson ‘The cubic structural evolution project’ 2004

Work continues on preparing the massive new configuration of Olafur Eliasson’s The cubic structural evolution project 2004. In the interactive work, audiences participate in the construction of a cityscape using white Lego blocks. Discussing the work, Eliasson has stated:

. . . my works in general discuss the notion of a reality being constructed, that ideas such as ‘nature’ or ‘science’ are models for how we perceive reality. So the notions of ‘construction’ and ‘models’ are very present in all my work. I have always put an effort into exposing the way my work has been constructed, so as to suggest that there are not any universal values connected to human experience. Actually I would argue that there is no ‘nature’ but only ‘culture’ and that as we experience so called ‘nature’ we also cultivate or constitute it.

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Fish traps 2004 | Twined pandanus palm leaf (Pandanus spiralis) with natural dyes and bark string | Purchased 2004. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Queensland Art Gallery

Maningrida artists ‘Fish traps’ 2004

The Maningrida artists are: Sally Garrimarra, Lorna Jin-Gubarangunyja, Shirley Malgarrich, Mary Nalmakarra, Agnes Wilinggirra Pandanus fish traps are made by artists who live in and around Maningrida in north-central Arnhem Land. The Maningrida Aboriginal community occupies an area of 10,000 …

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Tobias Putrih ‘Connection’ 2004

Work continues on the construction of Tobias Putrih’s Connection 2004, a major sculptural work constructed from cardboard boxes. Diminishing slightly in size so that each box fits into the preceding one, the work playfull undermines both the structural principle of an arch and the heroic dimensions associated with bridges, cathedrals and victory arches. The inherent paradox of a monumental and stable architectural form made of something as impermanent as cardboard is typical of Putrih’s approach to sculpture; as an experimental and constructive process rather than a resolved form.


Ricky Swallow | Killing Time 2003–04 | Laminated Jelutong, maple | 108 x 184 x 118cm (irreg.) | Rudy Komon Memorial Fund and the Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2004 | Collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales

Ricky Swallow ‘Killing Time’ 2003–04

Ricky Swallow works predominantly in sculpture, dealing with time and its passing, mortality and immortality. Much of Swallow’s early work was nostalgic for analogue technologies such as tape decks remade in cardboard or record turntables transformed into miniature scenes from …