River Detritus, 2016
River Detritus is a series of sculptures that combine the raw material of cement with river sand and found objects, creating fabricated archaeological specimens extracted from selected sites along the Cox’s River in the Blue Mountains. The River Detritus series extrapolates on the mainstay material of concrete within water-management and hydroelectric infrastructures in Australia. Concrete and sand are set into obelisk forms containing a found object, ranging from beer bottles to river rocks and burnt she-oak cinders – all found along the banks of an upper region of Sydney’s Warragamba catchment area. Set within the concrete material itself, each object is treated as an examination of the material traces of Australia’s rural identity.
River Detritus is part of the project Hydro-Wilderness, a series of work based on the aesthetic and environmental implications of hydroelectric and water management infrastructures in Australia.