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Keith Maxwell

KOKODA (28.300-90°), 2016

Kokoda (28.300-90°) has elements that combine to create organic, infinite knots, which, although non-objective, reference the organic. These modular components reflect the free-form process of assembly.

Kokoda (28.300-90°) uses advanced methods of construction – it can be disassembled in 5 sections and reconfigured, in situ, to accommodate an existing display area. In this case, the sections can be transported to the rainforest floor in the cable car, where they can then be rebuilt at the desired site.
An adaptive woodland camouflage design on the surface of the sculpture uses pattern to change the perception of the form by making it appear to shape-shift. Camouflage, a natural phenomenon, can be adopted to disguise man-made forms and blend them into their immediate surroundings. Kokoda (28.300-90°) appears as an undetected, cancerous, parasitic growth clinging to the rainforest floor.

Scale plays an important role in the development of Kokoda (28.300-90°). The use of industrial-sized pipe raises issues of proportion in relation to perception. Its size and presence diminishes when placed into the expansive context of a rainforest (and, conversely, increases when introduced into the confined capacity of an internal space). Recognition of its mass is influenced by the volume that surrounds it.

U-PVC pipe, vinyl wrap, polyurethane and plastic.