The artist comments on his own work

Artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman stands amid his sculpture. Picture: Martin Kennealey.d442768.
Artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman stands amid his sculpture. Picture: Martin Kennealey.d442768.

AS this interactive water sculpture was taking shape in my studio, quite a few people would come in and remark upon it.

A friend of mine said that they (the sculpture�s fonts) looked like alien mushrooms. Somebody else said they looked like robot legs. Which disturbed me a little bit because if they�re the legs where is the robot? Also if they�re legs, they have very petite ankles and rather thick thighs.

Somebody else came in and said �is this made in China?� And I said �no, it�s made in Western Australia�. And I think that points up one of the great aspects of a project like this where an organisation like Joondalup commissions a site-specific work to be made using local artists, subcontractors and so on.

We get something which is not only unique and conceived for us, for this location but where so much of the ideas, the process, the skills, the work stays here close to where it will be enjoyed. And I think that�s a wonderful thing.

I don�t call these elements robot legs or alien mushrooms, I call them fonts. The idea behind that word is that they are sources in some sense not necessarily of milk and honey but perhaps sources of experience or enjoyment for people who come to this place.

The blue colour is meant to be a quotation of our beautiful West Australian sky spiralling down to the ground so we can enjoy it.

The mirrored surfaces are there to reflect the viewer back to themselves because this work is very much about involving participants in an interactive kind of exchange or composition.

The name of the work is Interlace. Thus it is very much about weaving and hopefully weaving participants into a composition of some kind.

The little wind sensor on one of the fonts will close down the art- work if there is any wind at all. Otherwise the water jets will blow off course.

When the work does start� it will become receptive to human motion. And you can see these black sensor boxes (above the fonts); they are mainly sensitive to movement on the outside periphery of the sequence of four fonts. So if you�re standing in the middle, it can�t see you.

Thank you very much to Joondalup and all its representatives for this opportunity.

Heaven and earth make way for water.