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Throughout recorded history the role of Governor has been recognised as important to civil societies. Statues and images of Governors have endured over 3,000 years.

This artwork focusses on the contemporary role of Governor in Australia. The role is to stand for society, reflecting its collective sense of dignity, stability and shared wisdom. It functions to publicly acknowledge who and what contributes to a better society and a better world. The role is independent of politics, commerce, and religion, but encompasses all of these. The role today incorporates the diversity of a society including the first peoples and subsequent waves of migration. The Governor stands for everyone - ‘As One’.

The form of the work embodies the role of Governor as a figurehead. It is standing in conscious balance with itself and ready for action, a concept and posture derived from yogic practice. The hands are turned to the front in a gesture of openness and welcome. The right hand holds the symbol of office and the left hand holds a symbol of diverse peoples in unity.

The choices of form, materials and structure each support the concept of the work. The structure creates form out of different shapes that are slotted together. They create a self-supporting strength which can be seen to refer to multiple community and cultural groups, deriving strength and cohesion from co-existence and co‑operation.

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.

The materials and construction make a feature of reflecting light. Projecting beyond the edges of the figure, dichroic plates play with the light and create a visual aura as a surrounding energy field. Changes in pattern, reflections and transparency are visible as the daylight and viewpoint change. They symbolize interaction and diversity within our society.

Stainless steel with patina, dichroic foil, corten steel

235 ht. X 150 X 150 cms.

Courtesy of the artist, photography by Grant Hancock.

Presented by Country Arts SA in partnership with Arts South Australia and Government House, and supported by SALA Festival.

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As One by Margaret Worth

As One  2019

Stainless steel with patina, dichroic foil, corten steel

235 ht. X 150 X 150 cms

As One by Margaret Worth

As One  2019

Stainless steel with patina, dichroic foil, Corten steel

235 ht. X 150 X 150 cms

As One by Margaret Worth

As One  2019

Stainless steel with patina, dichroic foil, Corten steel

235 ht. X 150 X 150 cms

As One by Margaret Worth

As One  2019

Stainless steel with patina, dichroic foil, Corten steel

235 ht. X 150 X 150 cms

As One Detail by Margaret Worth

As One Detail  2019

Stainless steel with patina, dichroic foil, Corten steel

235 ht. X 150 X 150 cms

As One Detail by Margaret Worth

As One Detail  2019

Stainless steel with patina, dichroic foil, Corten steel

235 ht. X 150 X 150 cms