Project Name: Outlet
Artist: LUCY BARKER
Location: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018
Materials: Electrical cable, wire frame, Axolotl Bronze, Florentine Patina
Dimensions: 450 x 450 x 1150mm
Description: A dense and complex tangle of discarded electrical cables in an intentionally ambiguous form. Outlet is constructed in a lozenge shape that could be a missile, a seed, or perhaps a lump of human detritus rolled by the sea an washed up on the rocks. With connotations of consumption and entrapment its worm like tangled surface is visually perplexing in its complexity.
Public art has the power to unite us by highlighting our commonalities. An excess of electrical cables, data cables and charging cords is something most of us have in common.
Outlet asks viewers to contemplate their own role in deterioration of our plant; the death of our coral reefs, the vast islands of plastic waste out at sea, the fires in the Tarkine of Tasmania, and so the list goes on.