3 parts, 1200 x 200 x 200 mm each
Nearly every manufacturing practice produces excess material that falls away or breaks free from the intended form. These are discarded, reshaped or thrown away or re-sold as scrap. However, the importance of these fragments as historical record has long been known as they reveal secrets of the maker, tools, activity, context and use.
Off-Cuts captures the feeling of discarded and unwanted relics from the industry that influenced the development of Waiheke Island and New Zealand during European settlement and occupation. The three large billets forged of solid steel and piled in a seemingly random fashion appear as remnants of a bygone era. Off-Cuts fits into the landscape and its history, a reminder of past hands that worked and shaped the land. At the same time, the work speaks of its making, the sense of the extreme heat and intense power needed to distort solid steel.
Thanks to Rose Engineering and S.A.F.E Engineering for their support.