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Keith Maxwell

Illusion, 2017

2017 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Opportunity + Carrington Hotel People's Choice + Scenic World Staff Choice


Bubbles are one of my absolute favourite things to use when I was a child. Follow where the bubbles go. Sometimes I would run around the yard trying to catch them before they floated out of reach or before they were popped by a tree branch. Some are fast and some are slow. To this day I’m still fascinated with bubbles.

1. ‘…a ball of gas that appears in a liquid, or a ball formed of air surrounded by liquid that floats in the air:’That, we know of.2. ‘…used to refer to a good or fortunate situation that is isolated from reality or unlikely to last’By Cambridge Dictionary

Is it really!?

What’s the science behind (or inside) a bubble? Bubbles provide the opportunity to study science concepts such as elasticity, surface tension, chemistry, light, and even geometry. Most of education study tells me that bubbles help children develop self-concept as they learn about themselves and the world around them, and language development is enhanced when children learn new words to describe bubbles, explain tasks, and label and record bubble experiments.

Do I need its theory?

One of my friend daughter is fascinated in bubbles. She has disability and cannot communicate vocally, when she is surrounded by bubbles, it calms her down and make her smile. I always wonder if I could install semi-permanent bubbles in the forest foe her where she always loves to be in. Truly, not just for her, for myself, for all bubble lovers.

Sight of bubbles always makes me smile unconditionally. My philosophy of creating is about smile, happiness, to make ourselves to gain or access to the good memories that we have forgotten. It is easy to cry by myself, it is hard to smile by myself.

Here is my proposal

Installing over 250 blown glass bubbles in the forest, from ground up. There will be many different size of bubbles, suspended by fishing wire plus some squashed bubbles on the ground and on the tree trunks.

This installation will accompanied by a bubble making machine with biodegradable soap in use. (Ingredients – coconut oil, olive oil, bran oil, lye, water – handmade soap by Heather Paul in Blackheath).