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Title

Practitioner

Event

Date

0023

Plane and Field

Beth Arnold

Installation

22.12.16 - 22.03.17

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Beth Arnold
0023
22.12.16 - 22.03.17

For three summer months, from December 2o16 to March 2017, Beth Arnold’s installation work Plane and Field cast rainbows all over the Testing Grounds site, produced by panes of safety glass installed throughout the superstructure. The intent of the installation was to harness the refractions of light created by everyday safety glass, encouraging viewers to participate in the incidental delights of our built environment.

Depending on the sun and the time of day, subtle rainbow spectrums were cast onto the ground, the furniture, or the bodies moving through the site. Visitors were intited to pick up umbrellas from next to the bar to ‘chase’ these rainbows around the site, often discovering them in unexpected places like the shadow of a bench, or bending up a metal pole.

This project was based on Arnold’s observations of glass in our urban environments; much of the glass used now is safety glass with a polished, arrised edge which acts as a prism. It is this standard edge finish which casts these incidental rainbows. The installation used this same glass, reminiscent of louvre windows and industrial glass, but strays from its functional application to focus on the rainbow effect.

Plane and Field was a site-specific project based in sculptural practice and was accompanied by a publication and a series of performances where the artist and collaborators moved among the rainbows over hour-long periods. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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