The MBDA recently installed a new art piece at Kings Beach as an extension of the famous Route 67. The artwork titled “The Photo Opportunity” by Artist Mary Duker comprises a larger than life deck chair, installed into a reflective stainless steel ‘picture’ frame, and set against a grassy embankment.
Editor: Except that THIS Belfie is short for Beach Selfie and not that other Kardashian pose that got hubby Kanye West hot under the collar.
The leader of the project and artist Mary Duker says “The inspiration for the chair in the work is drawn from the ubiquitous striped canvas deckchair, which forms part of the artist’s recollection of childhood visits to King’s Beach”. The picture frame is also symbolic of the autobiographical, referring to the tradition of recording and framing visual memories – it is intended to link the ‘tradition’ of recording the seaside portrait to the modes of the present – the ‘selfies’, the smartphone pictures, the images posted on the Facebook page recording life as we live it, with the spectator as participant, and as the star of his or her own life” added Duker. With Valentine’s Day upon us, there’s no better photo landmark to frame those special moments and share with friends.
The work is intended to have a nostalgic Alice in Wonderland quality, reminding viewers of their own childhood visits to the seaside, tempting them to engage with the artwork – to record visual memories of themselves as a living part of the artwork, reflected in the frame, living the seaside life.
Dorelle Sapere, Planning and Development Manager, MBDA concluded “The commission was awarded as a result of a public art competition calling for site specific proposals for artworks to form an integral part of the MBDA’s King’s Beach upgrade project. The Photo Opportunity work forms the first part of a two part installation at Kings Beach”.
The fabrication team comprised: Mary Duker, Roland Luders and his team from R & R Aesthetics, Arno Seyfert from Custom Works Composite Engineering and David Jones from NMMU.
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