Memory Vessel, 2020
Heidi Axelsen, Hugo Moline, Jamie Eastwood and Dean Kelly

Concrete, stone, shell, glass
Each form 3.5 L x  1 W x 1.4 H (m) approx
Westmead Hospital Redevelopment

The starting point for Memory Vessel is the Nawi, the predominant form of watercraft transport throughout the harbour, rivers and creeks used by the people of Greater Sydney. For this project a set of Nawi were made again in the same way they always have been, using bark of the gum tree, the same tree whose leaves are used in the ceremonial smoking pit nearby.

The bark nawi became the form-work for to cast with a strata of tinted concrete with embedded stones, pebbles, shells and glass, reminiscent of the local geological digs in Westmead. 

Hear Hugo Moline, Heidi Axelsen and Jamie Eastwood introduce the project. 

Memory Vessel_Jamie Eastwood from Heidi Axelsen on Vimeo.

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All images by Heidi Axelsen and Hugo Moline unless otherwise credited.