Parliament Steps Walking Drawing
6th – 6th February 2021
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Parliament Steps Walking Drawing continues Kerrie Poliness’ ongoing series Generation Mesh, where large architectural drawings are created in public by groups of people using coloured chalk. The series is characterised by geometric compositions which reference social, design and computational networks and collaborative and adaptive inter-relationships between people and the world. Poliness invites diverse members of the public to work together to create a collective drawing according to a compositional template and instructions, the results revealing the interconnective processes and patterns of nature and people.
For Parliament Steps Walking Drawing, Poliness devised a geometric pattern that contracts and expands as it descends down the terraces and steps of Parliament – a location selected for its classical architecture and status as a civic institution. The work is eventually erased by rain or foot traffic.
Parliament Steps Walking Drawing was presented by ACCA in association with UPTOWN an art exhibition for our city, curated by Robert Buckingham and Fiona Scanlan, which transforms the top of Melbourne’s Bourke Street into an outdoor art gallery over the summer months. Parliament Steps Walking Drawing was supported by Creative Victoria, the City of Melbourne and Parliament of Victoria.