TORRENT VIVID 2019
Bligh Park, The Rocks, Sydney Australia
On rushed the yellow flood, crashing, and dashing and hurling Timber and logs and posts in the whirl of the foaming deep...
– from After the Flood by Dora Wilcox (1897)
Torrent marks the rise of extreme worldwide weather events, something we are familiar with in Australia with our droughts, bushfires and flooding rains. Even in Sydney, a Southerly Buster can create flash floods where gutters are full of rushing debris.
Torrent is made from curved eucalyptus branches mounted in a swirling pattern reminiscent of the flow of the rushing floodwater and is located near the position of the original Tank Stream in Alfred St, Circular Quay.
The installation is illuminated by colour changing LED lighting and emphasises the beauty, dynamism and danger of the natural environment. It highlights how these challenges are becoming more potent as we face the possibility of climate change.