Patterns in the Landscape | Horizon 2017

About the project:

Patterns in the Landscape was an ephemeral live art installation over three different beaches on the Sunshine Coast during the Horizon Arts & Culture Festival 2017.

Manning Daly developed these site-specific performance drawings with inspiration from the local plant species, enhancing the spectacular beaches during the festival. The large scale creations were drawn directly onto the sand only to be washed away with the tide. The ephemeral nature of the art is a reminder of the transience of our valuable landscape.

Patterns in the Landscape celebrates the natural landscape of the Sunshine Coast through an exploration of form and design that is inspired by nature and the diverse beauty of the Sunshine Coast Region. This art activates the public space, and engages visitors and the local community in a celebration of our unique environment.

Dates, times and locations:

Kings Beach
25th August – 2pm - 6pm

Mooloolaba | Caravan Beach
30th August – 6am – 10am

Coolum | First Bay
3rd September – 10am - 2pm

Find out more about Horizon on their website
See the Horizon Festival highlights video here.

River of Gold

About the project:

River of Gold refers to the Mary River and celebrates the rich landscape and unique history of the Gympie region.

Glowing golden elements combined with innovative designs reflect the narrative of Gympie’s past, present and future.

The silhouettes of flowers of trees endemic to the region include species such as the Hairy Hazelwood (Fontainea rostrate), Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta) and the Gympie Nut (Macademia ternifolia).

Name: River of Gold
Location: Smithfield Street, Gympie, Qld
Dimensions: 48mL x 1mH
Client: Gympie Regional Council

Fluid Motion

About the project:

ARC Aquatic Recreation Centre

Fluid Motion celebrates the unique character of the Gympie region, lifestyle and swimming culture, through form and design.

The dynamic fluid motion of the sculptural forms strongly reflect the water based activities and sense of energy present at the aquatic centre. Vibrant twisting forms reference the way we interact with the water, from the fun of splashing and sliding to swimming competitively, we create arcs as we engage with the water.

Tactile designs of endangered aquatic species specific to the region are etched into the granite base of each of the grouped elements.

Name: Fluid Motion
Location: ARC Aquatic Recreation Centre, Gympie, Qld
Dimensions: 6 elements x 6mH
Client: Gympie Regional Council


About the project:

Mill Place Precinct Cooroy

Bunya is a landmark for the new community hub at Mill Place and draws inspiration from the dynamic spiralling form of the bunya leaf.

The Bunya (Araucaria bidwillii) is synonymous with ‘meeting place’ in local indigenous histories. For century’s indigenous people gathered for social exchange, story - telling, song and celebration when the Bunya fruit was in season.

Name: Bunya
Location: Cooroy, QLD
Dimensions: 8mL x 6mW x 4mH
Architect: Brewster Hjorth Architects
Architect: Noosa Shire Council

Pod Pod

About the project:

Winning entry for the Breen National Sculpture Competition

Pod Pod is integrated into the 'Gwluuyan Garri Dilya' (Garden for Children Laughing) at the Royal Botanic Gardens NSW and responds to the vision, ‘nurturing a love of nature’, and the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden location.

Pod Pod presents a visually intriguing sculptural form that invites interest and interactivity where closer inspection reveals a highly detailed tactile surface. The artwork’s intriguing sculptural form and surface detail relate directly to the surrounding landscape and environment.

Name: Pod Pod
Location: Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, NSW
Dimensions: 3 at 400mmH x 500mmW x 3mL
Landscape Architect: Michael Carle
Client: Royal Botanic Gardens Trust Sydney

Tharabudda - The Leichhardt River

About the project:

Mount Isa Health Campus

Tharabudda - The Leichhardt River is positive and welcoming, and explores themes of journey and wellness, landscape and community, as a way of linking to the indigenous population and the diverse cultures of the Mount Isa region.

Inspiration is drawn from the journey of the Leichhardt River, the sinuous flowing shapes evoke the sensation of movement and energy, the life source for the region.

Name: Tharabudda - The Leichhardt River
Location: Mount Isa, QLD
Dimensions: 14mL x 600mmH
Architect: Conrad Gargett
Client: QLD Health


About the project:

University of the Sunshine Coast - H1 Building

As a way of celebrating the USC H1 Building, we explored significant local landscape particularly the wallum heath and Allocasuarina Emuina  endemic only to the Sunshine Coast Region. This endangered plant is being studied by the GeneCology Research Group at USC and this group provided valuable information and assistance for our research. The shapes and patterns are drawn from nature and touch on the USC's  commitment to sustainability and regional engagement.

Name: ‘Wallum’ Allocasuarina Emuina
Location: USC – Sippy Downs, QLD
Dimensions: 13 panels (largest 2m x 2m)
Architect: Core Architecture
Client: University of The Sunshine Coast