17 June 2014. Today we installed some Tillandsia plants in wire cages wired down to fixing points at four locations on Melbourne's tallest building Eureka Tower. Plant cages were installed at level 56, 65, 91 and 92.
Following the success of the Airborne installation of 8 suspended rotating air plant sculptures as part of the Melbourne City Arts Grants Program 2013, where the plants were suspended with no auxiliary watering for 14 months through record heat and long dry periods in central Melbourne we decided to push the plant installation to new heights. Unlike current vertical gardens the plants works offer soil and maintenance free installations.
These are experiments to see how the plants grow at such a height from the ground. As far as I know the tallest plant install on a building in the world - from what I can make out the tallest is Bay Sands Singapore at 55 stories so it is a significant step upwards and opens the a new way of incorporating plants on high rise buildings.
A series of publish on demand books have finally been published to coincide with the Deakin Uni show - you can check these out at PUBLICATIONS
Lloyd Godman: 11 sep - 18 oct 2014 A PHOTO: synthetic pathway Lloyd Godman: A PHOTO: synthetic pathway traces the evolution of the artist’s practice from traditional photographic techniques through to his innovative suspended rotating living air plant sculptures. Through parallel practices as artist and organic gardener, and making a connection between photosynthesis and the role of light in photographic practice, Lloyd Godman presents living plants as ‘super-sustainable’ sculptures. There is a strong environmental thread that binds his diverse oeuvre then opens a portal to conceive the planet as a 'giant living abstract photograph' with a consequential shift from environmental art as comment
to environmental activism.
Lloyd Godman - Nature reclaims theHelix, 2012 (detail)
Recycled bicycle wheels steel, Tillandsia plants – super sustainable rotating
Tillandsia air garden, ecologically active art
– H 80 cm, Diameter
50 cm 11 sep - 18 oct
Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus (Building FA)
221 Burwood Highway,
Burwood Vic 3125. Melway ref 61 B5.
T 03 9244 5344 F 03 9244 5254
Administration open weekdays only. Gallery hours
Tuesday–Friday 10 am–4 pm Saturday 1 pm–5 pm
Gallery closed on public holidays. Free entry.
Deakin University Art Gallery
Installed my work for Artists Emerge at WTC - opens world Trade centre Atrium gallery, 18-38 Siddeley St Melbourne 16 July 5pm - 7.30pm - love to see you there - Hope you can make it! Exhibition runs to 24 Aug 2014.
NEWS Jan 18 2014
Airborne, a series of 8 super-sustainable suspended rotating air garden sculptures installed in Melbourne in early Feb 2013 have taken the current 100 year heatwave in their stride and without a single drop of water! The living plant sculptures had already withstood, the heat and long dry period of last summer, the wild winds, rain, etc, of winter.
These works incorporate Tillandsia air plants that can withstand hot dry conditions and unlike vertical gardens that require constant water reticulation, these air gardens have no auxiliary watering system. The plants take all their water through small cells called trichomes from the atmosphere. Unlike vertical gardens that require regular maintenance and replanting these living sculptures continue to grow and can be harvested every few years or so. This creates a living a resource to create new works from.
Airborne is supported by the City of Melbourne, through the Arts Grants Program 2013 and will remain installed until April 2014.
Posted 14 Dec 2013
Melbourne ecological artist unveils living building materials
Deakin University have purchased one of two copies of the Entropy randomized projection., which is on permanant disply in the entrance to the new Deakin Univetrstity Libray development at Burwood, Melbourne
Green Roofs, Green Walls and Urban Farms are sprouting, changing the world around us.
The GrowingMap project is an open platform, which allows users to add location-based information of green roofs, green walls and urban farms.
Posted 2nd May 2013
Large Last Rivers Song Mural photographs donated to Central Stories Museum at Alexandra.
Lloyd is excited that the 23 large photographs that make up the the 5 composite murals will find a new home close to the River they portray. Thanks to Bill Dacker & Barrie Wills for help in negotiating this.
On a recent trip to Dunedin NZ , Samuel Mann asked me for an interview for Sustainable Lens Radio show the only time I could manage was 7 am.
Samuel Mann interviews Lloyd Godman on his recent air plant work -
Catch it live - Otago Access Radio (Dec 27, Thursday NZ 7-8pm 105.4FM/1575AM in Dunedin).
Posted 13 Sept 2012
Lloyd's works features in an article in the latest issue issue - Disatater and Fortitude - of Artlink, written by Helen Mc Dondald. The article will centre on the Last Rivers Song,Entropy and new plant works.
New Zealand-born ecological artist, Lloyd Godman, who now lives in Australia, has in his own determined way for over thirty years, pondered and acted upon questions of how aesthetics might be involved in creating sustainable solutions to environmental problems. Historian Helen McDonald uses eco-critic Timothy Morton's notion of ambient aesthetics to examine three of Godman's multimedia projects.
Atmocycle I Installed at Yering Station for the 2012 Yering Station Sculpture Award -
28 Oct - 2 Dec 2012
Opening 2pm 28 Oct 2012
Posted 13 Spet 2012
Atmocyle, rotating air garden selected for the Yering Station Sculpture Award 2012 - this will be installed from mid Oct 2012
Posted - March 1- 2011 - Stay tuned - More news to Come!
Lloyd Has been invited to be part of
"SHADOW-LANDS": THE SUFFERING IMAGE
Gavin Keeney / Agence 'X'
Deakin University / Geelong
School of Architecture and Building
Faculty of Science and Technology
Mobile (61) 423 338 544
April 18-May 18, 2012
Dennys Lascelles Exhibition Gallery
Alfred Deakin Ministerial Library