RECLAMATION is a creative research project with an environmental focus, led by four leading local artists.

In exploring nature through a variety of artforms, the artists have produced works that serve to raise the awareness of the many facets of and possibilities for Sydney Harbour's Cabarita Park beyond its simple beauty as a recreational area.

It is hoped that, through creative research, development and production programs such as these and the increased community engagement that results, a better understanding of the local area can lead to a sustainable future in the care of our invaluable foreshore assets.

Arts NSW and the City of Canada Bay funded the project.

Creative Producers of Reclamation were:
Stage 1 / Martha Jabour
Stage 2 / Olev Muska www.olev.com.au

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The Observatory

The Observatory is a set of three whimsical public art creations by which to observe the weather at Cabarita Park through climactic eyes and ears:
1/ STORM GLASS HUT - a 'weather-spotting' viewfinder
2/ SUNDIAL WIND FLUTE - a device by which to hear the prevailing wind and tell the time of day by the shadows cast
3/ CHAISE LOUNGE - a seat for all seasons with a teacup turbine to boot!

The Observatory

THE OBSERVATORY ENSEMBLE • imaging applied to Angela Pasqua's original photo

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LASER-ETCHED PHRASES FROM ROBERT FITZROY'S 'WEATHER BOOK' AND ILLUSTRATIONS ON THE WOODEN PORTHOLE INSIDE THE HUT, EXPLAINING THE CRYSTAL FORMATIONS OF THE CHANGEABLE STORM GLASS • imaging applied to Angela Pasqua's original photo

The Observatory

THE OBSERVATORY PIECES • imaging applied to Angela Pasqua's original photos

THE ARTISTS

HEIDI AXELSEN / HUGO MOLINE / THE LOT

Heidi Axelsen Hugo MolineThe LOT logothelot.net.au

Heidi Axelsen is an artist and core team member of THE LOT, a collaborative design practice based in Parramatta, working with a city’s people to re-imagine and develop places, spaces and the tools of education and communication related to the city. “We ask questions about the much larger structures which frame our lives, sticking our fingers into the cracks and guessing at what an alternative might look like”.

Heidi collaborated with THE LOT's Hugo Moline to come up with this ingenious set of solutions to the Reclamation brief.