Heysen Sculpture Biennial – March 2016
W. W. Web.
Web: Traditionally understood to be a network of fine threads constructed by a spider to catch its prey, or a complex of interconnected elements perceived as a trap or danger. Contemporary definitions extend this to include the Internet, World Wide Web or information highway.
While we may not have any sense of entrapment or danger with these associations, there is the overwhelming sense of being consumed by, or dependent upon, the Web. Along with this is an uncomfortable awareness of being watched, profiled and targeted.
This Web mimics a spider’s construction but is made on a larger scale, which at once alerts us to its danger, while being obvious and avoidable. References to net structures and high-tech tools will be woven into the fabric of the piece.
The structure is made of natural fibre flax rope which is carefully lashed and joined to make an intricate whole. The structure is suspended from two convenient trees by looping the rope ends at a height of around six meters off the ground.