THE ORCHID GARDEN
Reclaimed Car Bonnets, Fence Posts and Rebar
Twelve unique sculptures of twisted steel create a flower garden Inspired by the native orchids of Kangaroo Island. Individually, each orchid has its own character, its own sepals and petals reflecting the diversity and uniqueness of Kangaroo Island’s native orchids.
Mangled steel fence posts, bent rebar and old car bonnets sourced from a community dump in central Australia are the raw materials used to create these sculptures. A small piece of the heart of
Australia has been transported to the edge of the continent and given new life as the perfect, twisted forms of rare and endangered native orchids.
Highlighting the beauty of Kangaroo Island’s flora, this diverse suite of artworks is designed to draw attention to the plight of the island’s endangered orchids and invite people to reflect on the impact that humans have on this pristine environment.
Victor Waclawik combines artistic metalwork, interactive fire sculptures and surprising light projections into a compelling installation practice. He graduated from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts with a Bachelor in Visual Art and Applied Design in 2012 and in 2013 was the recipient of a Helpmann Academy Grant to travel to San Francisco and conduct an internship with the Flaming Lotus Girls, a female-led artists’ collective that creates large scale interactive fire sculptures.
Vic has presented works in some of Australia’s most notable art shows including Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi and the SA Museum Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. He has installed artworks in such high profile public spaces as Victoria Square, in the heart of Adelaide, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and the World Heritage listed Mungo National Park in NSW.
In addition to his art, Vic also has a remarkable life story that has seen him building wells in the remote Guatemalan jungle, releasing weather balloons in Antarctica and mapping the geology of Lake Eyre in central Australia. Vic is currently working in a remote aboriginal community in the APY Lands.
This sculpture has been made possible through generous donations by The Trethewey Family. Presented by the descendants of John and Elizabeth Trethewey who settled at Cuttlefish Bay near Penneshaw in 1877. This work seeks to express their enduring deep affection for, and sense of connection to, this beautiful island.