Commissioned by MIRVAC
Curated and managed by Lou Weiss at Broached Commissions
In 2019, Lou Weiss, curator of Broached Commissions, offered the opportunity to pitch for a public artwork in Sydney, Australia. Building on the Future Remnants project, the research into the surroundings of the proposed location of the artwork, the harbor area, soon revealed a possible focus on pollution in the sediments of Sydney estuary, which is one of the most modified and polluted estuaries in the world1. What followed was a case study and experimentation process expanding on the thoughts about mineral evolution and toxicity. It provided a unique opportunity for engaging directly with the toxic materiality that lies submerged in the stratigraphy of the seafloor of Sydney estuary.
Daniel Montoya, “Pollution in Sydney Harbour: sewage, toxic chemicals and microplastics.” Sydney: NSW Parliamentary Research Service, 2015. ↩
I wrote a peer-reviewed article about the research process on "Anthropocene Curriculum". The public artwork is being produced presently. Once it is revealed, I will update this page with more information.