Branch Out

2010

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Branch Out

Medium

Recycled bicycle wheels, LED reflectors, car hubs

About the Event

John Mongard and Jacqueline Ratcliffe are designers focussed around environmental design in all of its forms. They work all around Australia from the scale of the city down to the footpath, designing objects and spaces for urban habitation and enjoyment. Their goal is to help people achieve carbon-neutral living in a beautiful way.

John and Jacqueline's installation is based on recycled bicycle parts from their local neighbourhood. The tree is fashioned comprising bicycle wheels, spokes, cogs, LED lights and reflectors. All elements except the LED lights are local and recycled. Our city is now embracing public bike riding in a big way with its new 'City Cycle' scheme. This tree celebrates Christmas in a more bike-friendly Brisbane.

Sponsorship

Thanks for parts and assistance to Bicycle Revolution in West End, the makers of hand built custom recycled and refurbished bicycles, and to Norm at Alfamotive, who recycles and refurbishes old Alfas. Also thanks to the Salvos and the people of Cooparoo for their kerbside collection donations. Finally thanks to Cameron and everyone at Bushell Engineering for fabrication.

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2007

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Spark

2006

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Spark

Medium

Fibre optics, recycled conduit, netting and string

About the Event

The inspiration behind Spark was the desire to create a memorable landmark event, a design show that would bring together a select group of designers, artists and creatives to respond to a challenging exhibition brief. The aim was to create a raw and sensual setting for one of Brisbane's most evocative and significant design events. The outcome of the event would be to ignite the design sector in Brisbane and to link the curated group installations with a broad community of professionals from diverse industries.

Spark was a celebration of design excellence, and an avenue for discourse, networking and discussion. It has generated new networks and business opportunities, while also creating a focus on the Brisbane creative community.

Event founders Alexander Lotersztain (derlot.com) and Surya Graf (urban-amoeba) joined forces to create Spark. The concept was developed from a desire to promote design excellence and as a way to facilitate cross-fertilization among some of the best creative thinkers and industry leaders in South East Queensland.

The curated group of 12 Creatives involved were drawn from a pool of Architects, Landscape Architects, Interior and Industrial Designers, Artists, Jewelers and the Advertising industry.

The event involved a dramatic installation of lighting sculptures, live music and fashion, and created a stunningly creative setting for the inspiration of a diverse and important group of creative businesses.

The venue was a voluminous warehouse in West End's industrial sector, a setting rapidly evolving into the river's edge precinct. Guests numbered over 700, and included high profile artists, designers and their related media from Queensland and interstate. Spark truly was a night to remember.

Sponsorship

Light equipment and support for this installation has been sponsored by Advanced Lighting. Special thanks to Steve Taylor.

An Other Reality

2006

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An Other Reality

Medium

Fibre optics, recycled conduit, netting and string

Artists Statement

Inspired by sea and coral creatures, C Things draws on industrial and recycled objects as a means of capturing their unique transparency and dynamic colours.

Fibre optic lighting provides a fluid light medium for highlighting the form of these C Things.

The sea urchin forms utilise the tensile and reflective form of recycled air-conditioning conduit.

The 'blue bottle' suspended form alludes to jellyfish and also to the microscopic organisms of the ocean. The slow and soft pulsing light change simulates the gentle light transmittance of the deep sea.

Sponsorship

Light equipment and support for this installation has been sponsored by Advanced Lighting. Special thanks to Steve Taylor.

The domino - effect

26th May 2007

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The domino - effect

Exhibition of customised furniture for Brisbane INDESIGN 2007

Medium

Custom painted furniture by John Mongard. (Folded steel plate ?domino? table/stool designed by David Shaw).

Artists Statement

The Domino table has a vegetal leaf like form. The painting work by John Mongard highlights this with cellular patterning based on coffee cup stains. The top is chlorophyll green, and the underside rhoeo purples.

Chloro Form was part of a suite of custom painted Domino tables. Street and Garden invited a group of Brisbane?s top creatives to help engage the greater community in design.

The tables were auctioned online, with the proceeds from the artist/furniture works going to the charity Drug-Arm. (refer to www.thedomino-effect.net).

Custom Painted Table Title

Chloro Form

Location

Street + Garden Furniture Company, 13 Kurilpa St, West End

Homeshow

26th May 2007

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Homeshow

Medium

Ricepaper and bamboo, marine stainless rigging, palm husks, hessian mats, plastic.

Artists Statement

Between Culture and Nature

An architecture in the landscape can only happen when we engage our culture as well as our nature at the same time. This gives meaning to what we build, as we searchfor a place to dwell.

We should search for new ways of looking at the landscape in Australia, always being reminded that we live in a finite garden set in a dynamic and multicultural neighbourhood. This installation is a poetic interpretation of these ideas.

About the Event

In 1999 The Courier Mail Homeshow invited landscape architects to create exhibitions on contemporary Queensland Landscapes. John Mongard and team prepared an installation which aimed to question the overlaps between culture/nature, landscape/construction, sculpture/product. It was the only installation which did not feature growing plants.

The exhibition was held at the R.N.A. showgrounds in Brisbane, 1999.

Sponsorship and Collaboration

John Mongard and Tim Conybeare developed the concept and made the installation. Artist Tony rice collaborated on the mobiles and rigging. Lily Karmatz from the Sogetsu School of Ikebana collaborated on the uhsk installations. Don Hill from Drawing and Drafting collaborated on the mobile graphic printing.