Commissioned in collaboration with North Western Program Alliance and the LXRP, Scape, by Tom Borgas, is a vibrant new landmark informed by a diverse convergence of histories. Set in a newly landscaped zone of the development, the dynamic form emerges from the ground as an echo of the native grasses that have greened the area for thousands of years. Yellow and green reference the flower and foliage of the Murnong (Yam Daisy) a staple food for the local Wurundjeri people for thousands of years, whilst the red and white recall the colours of the iconic striped boom gates. The black and white stripes distil the high contrast livery and signage of the old crossing.
Looking forward, the cluster of diverging coloured filaments is also akin to the multiplicity of wires that weave together to form the underground data cables that link us with the world and each other.
In contrast to the more distilled references to site present in Scape, the nearby anti-throw screen artwork is a more pictorial reflection on the area’s layered history. The long format of the screens echoes the expansive grassland of the rich volcanic plains that served as an important centre of sustenance and culture for thousands of years. Images of the Murnong Yam Daisy are symbolic of this heritage, referring to the convergence of people and nature.
Tom Borgas’ practice is an investigation of ideas that pertain to the sensory value of actual experience over digital dis-connectivity, with works developed between digital and analogue processes. Borgas has exhibited work across Australia and has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions.
Scape was commissioned for the Glenroy Level Crossing Removal Project.
Photo credit: Fiona Hamilton
The Level Crossings Removal Project