Bye Gone

Bye Gone was exhibited at Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi 2016.

Materials: Sandstone, sandstone sealer and builder oxide

Dimensions: 9 elements each 64 cm sq x 8cm deep

A prophetic tale of impending doom told with contemporary glyphs etched in the ruins of a lost civilisation.

Bye Gone is a continuation of my sculptural practice in that it exists somewhere between our digital and physical worlds. It’s comprised of a 9 sandstone elements assembled as if ancient ruins belonging to a lost civilisation; the graveyard of another era.

Each of the sandstone blocks are shaped in the proportions of an app found on our smart phones and tablets and inscribed with oversized emoji – front and back. The tomb-like stones are positioned as if once ordered and aligned like dominos, ready to fall. The emoji themselves are chosen to reflect the anxiety and impotence many of us feel in the face of population growth and climate change and the social unrest to which they contribute.

Bye Gone takes a back-to-the-future look at our society, using contemporary communication tools and ancient materials to allude to the possible repercussions of a culture of anxiety and inaction.