Bird’s Cave, 2015
Bird’s Cave is a site-specific installation created inside a sandstone cave located on a free-hold property on edge of the Wollemi National Park, near Ganguddy (Dunn’s Swamp). It was a temporary revisitation to the site’s former character, made visible by re-animated objects inside a cave space accompanied by the ghostly presence of a decaying car.
The work reacted with the material and historical aspects of the cave, itself a former blacksmith’s workshop, built over 100 years ago by ancestors of the Bird family whom own the property. Objects found on the floor of the cave were suspended from the cave ceiling, hanging in the still motion of the air, spot lit by a small light source hidden in the depths of the sandstone crevices.
The work responds to the site’s former use as a blacksmith workshop, bringing the character of the technological detritus to view. The sandstone pagodas, a typical feature of this region, are partially illuminated, forming a dramatic backdrop that speaks of the cave and nearby Wollemi National Park’s awesome geographic lifespan.
In addition to the cave space there are light features installed on an old Holden station wagon that sits rusty and overturned where it was dumped facing towards the cave. This car appeared some time in the last half century and is a now peculiar feature of this area. The words Parks and Recreation are visibly printed on the passenger side door, hinting at the local history of this vehicle. Makeshift lights were installed in the car’s headlamp fixtures. These lights dimly lit the space between the car and the cave, loaning a sense of forlorn mystery to the scene.
Bird’s Cave was created for Bird’s Festival, a fringe event held in conjunction with the rural bienalle Cementa 15.