This artwork focuses on the contemporary role of Governor in Australia. That role incorporates the many facets of a society of first peoples and subsequent waves of migration. The Governor stands for everyone - ‘As One’.
The form of the work is a figurehead. It stands in conscious balance and ready for action. The hands are open in a gesture of welcome. The right hand holds the symbol of office and the left hand holds a symbol of unity.
The figure is created of many parts that make a self-supporting structure. It can be seen to refer to multiple community groups deriving strength and cohesion from co-existence and co‑operation.
Dichroic Foil makes a feature of light and colour. Projecting beyond the edges of the figure, the plates create a visual aura, like that surrounding the role of Governor. Interactions of pattern, reflections and transparency are visible as the daylight and viewpoint change. Interactivity that is constantly changing refers to a quality essential in good governance.
A circle makes a platform for the figure. It refers to the heightened status given to the office of Governor and reflects the circular tree-surrounds throughout the gardens. It is one-step up only, referring to the accessibility of the Governor to society.
Presented by Country Arts SA in partnership with Arts South Australia and Government House, and supported by SALA Festival.