King Tide (2015)

My first appearance at Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney. This long established outdoor sculpture event follows the eastern suburbs coastline from Bondi to Tamarama Beach. My work was installed on a low lying reserve behind the sand. I was glad to secure this site to illustrate my interest in the prospect of global warming and implication that held for coastal area around the globe. My painting consisted of three red lines reaching across the reserve indicating potential water levels during king tide events in the future at 2100, 2150 and 2200. In hindsight perhaps I was projecting a little too far into the future? There is a real possibility that such levels will be reached much sooner then even 2100. In fact the devastating erosion of the Collaroy-Narrabeen beaches in Northern Sydney just three years later were a portent of what may lay in store for Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra in the south. John Macdonald, a critic for the Sydney Morning Herald called my piece pessimistic.