by Ruby Williams for SCAPE Public Art Season 2017 - Re:ACTIVATE Teen
Ruby Williams based her Re:ACTIVATE Teen artwork on the concept of memory. The artwork, a sculpted metal branch, is suspended where the original might have been removed by disease or damage. Imprint represents the original branch as a memory unchanged by time. Or perhaps the branch, made of steel, mesh and wire, symbolises the rebuild of our city. A different version of its former glory. The space is activated and the viewer can be mindful of a place they did not necessarily see before.
RE:ACTIVATE Kids & Teen 2017 was open to all aspiring artists under 18 years of age to have their work produced by SCAPE. Designs were selected by a judging panel. Supporter of the arts and community projects lead sponsors, Lewis Bradford Consulting Engineers, have committed support for young people like Ruby to realise their sculptural dreams through this new annual SCAPE Public Art programme.
Villa Maria College student Ruby William's art has been something she has worked at since a young age. Her 2.5m steel branch sculpture design Imprint has been produced by SCAPE and is fixed to a tree in Hagley Park. Ruby said her sculpture would create a consciousness of the space where a real branch once grew.
Ruby was selected from an open call made in early June 2017 for young artists' unique designs to be submitted. The two winners' projects (junior and senior) were built and displayed in the park as part of SCAPE Season 2017.