Howard Park Presents 'Transience' by Stu McMillan
- Burch Family Wines,
- Howard Park,
Howard Park Wines is thrilled to unveil a commission by two-time Sculpture by the Sea exhibitor & Margaret River artist, Stu McMillan, created entirely from materials from the vineyard landscape.
Entitled Transience, the work was made using vine cuttings from Howard Park’s Leston vineyard after the 2018 pruning season, as well as branches from the stands of bushland on the property, and 500kg of the site’s terroir – gravelly, sandy soil.
The piece has been installed in the grounds of Cellar Door at the Cowaramup property in the Margaret River region and acts somewhat as a natural window – a round arch of woven vines & branches - from which to view the vineyard on one side, or the award-winning architecture of the winery building on the other.
Taking around a month to construct, artist Stu McMillan said the circular weaving motion he employed represented life cycles & patterns repeated in nature.
“Erupting from the ground, Transience reminds us that life is in a constant state of renewal and decay, where nothing is fixed, however it is important to remain connected to the earth,” Stu said.
Cellar Door Manager Emily Bromell said the work was commissioned for the grounds of the property, inspired by worldwide examples of ‘living’ or ‘landscape’ architecture using native materials.
“We have been familiar with Stuart’s work for many years, & he was the perfect choice for this project due to his connection to the local area & his skill with sculptures & creating works with perspective,” she said.
Stu hoped that Transience invited viewers to cross its threshold into potential new beginnings, offering a metaphor of hope & growth.
“Viewed from afar this artwork offers a different angle of perspective breaking the tree line, where interactions with the environment and architecture are numerous. This view changes throughout the light and weather transitions of the day,” he said.
This is the second sculpture installation at Howard Park’s cellar door this year, after exhibiting the region’s first suspended floral sculpture by renowned florist Rebecca Grace back in April.
This new piece, however, is expected to be on display much longer – several years – as it wears down with natural decay.
Howard Park also aim to make additions to the living architecture over the coming years so that it truly does live, breathe and evolve.
On view at Howard Park
Cellar Door & grounds open 10am – 5pm daily
All photography by Paris Hawkens