Project Name: Mangrove
Artist: Jade Oakley
Location: Otto Ristorante Brisbane
Materials: Brass . Timber . Silk
Dimensions: 5000mm w x 3000mm h
Description: Otto Brisbane has a fabulous location, overlooking the Brisbane River. The ‘Mangrove’ artwork is inspired by this spectacular location. "Before I visited the site I researched plants that might be found on the river banks and I envisioned an artwork depicting mangrove trees. When I visited the site I was delighted to see mangrove trees growing on the river bank opposite the restaurant.” Jade Oakley.
Sketches of the intertwined mangroves were translated into vector format to produce the artwork. The body of the mangroves were laser cut, hand rolled and welded with pins in 3mm thick Brass sheet which has been aged to represent tide and watermarks. The tips of the branches are adorned with kinetic mobiles with leaf elements in brass, stained timber and dyed silk which move gently in the breeze coming in off the river. The artwork is designed to reflect the wet and dry seasons by transitioning the mobile elements from green and blue dyed silk leaves for the wet season, to brass and autumnal toned stained timber leaves for the dry season.