The temporary installation Fire Circle was a sculptural, sound, video, spoken and text based installation exploring the sublime qualities of fire in the Australian landscape from the quality of immense devastation and fear to the sensibility of wonder, awe and beauty.
The installation shown at TCL during the 2021 Nature Festival in Adelaide, is a response to the devastating Australian bushfires in late 2019-early 2021 and in particular the extensive fires on Kangaroo Island. It explores our ongoing fascination with fire and it’s destructive but also rejuvenating effect on the landscape. This mixed media installation was created by a collaborative team from various creative disciplines.
The destructive and yet paradoxically rejuvenating quality of fire is an ongoing topic in installation works by artist Kate Cullity – TCL. Her extensive experience with collaborative projects and a predilection to expand the practice of landscape architecture came to the fore when conceiving of the work and then collaborating with various creatives from different disciplines. Kate Cullity oversaw all aspects of the project from gaining permission from a client on Kangaroo Island to source burnt material, guiding the other creatives and supervising a number of landscape architecture students in the creation of the sculptural work.