Coolum, Time and Texture (PA193)
  • Last updated:
  • 27 Aug 2018

A site-specific public artwork designed for Sunshine Coast Council as part of the Coolum Beach streetscaping project. Artist Carl Holder explains: 'Although Coolum Beach is a changing place, its original and enduring natural qualities are constant and timeless. This artwork celebrates those qualities through an indirect expression of their textures and forms in a fluid and tactile three-dimensional timber surface. The artwork is designed to present an ever-changing, multi-layered aesthetic, which responds to changes in light, perspective and distance. Shadows created by the three-dimensional forms change as the sun passes across the work in the day and then invert when the work is up-lit at night. From a distance, the interplay of light and dark appears to invoke the form of a wave rising and falling at the base of Mount Coolum. When viewed in detail, the micro textures reference the minutiae of life at the beach - rock formations, ripples in the sand and glistening reflections on water. Using its base layers of marine grade plywood, the artwork was hand crafted using traditional and cutting edge 3D technologies. The subtly different coloured plywood layers display a stratum effect when eroded through a process involving a three dimensional router. Hand finishing over the 11.6m long surface allows a tactile and engaging experience for locals and visitors along the new Coolum walkway'. Located on David Low Way opposite Westpac Bank and adjacent to the caravan park.