The Velodrome Project

The Velodrome Project 2006
Collaboration with Alicia Frankovich
Photo credit: Bianca Hester

The Velodrome Project 2006
View from across field area
Photo credit: Bianca Hester

The Velodrome Project 2006
Still images from video documentation, 5:00 duration
Camera by Alex Matinis Roe

The Velodrome Project

The Velodrome Project was a one-day public event held at the Brunswick Cycling Velodrome in Melbourne, 2006. Alicia Frankovich and I made three sculptural works on the velodrome field; a large black circle painted directly onto the grass, a wooden section of roller coaster (based on the ‘The Big Dipper’ in St. Kilda) and a large, blue stretched canvas (6mt x 4mt), which was held perpendicular by a wooden frame.

The audience was invited to view this spectacle as part of a one-day event, which included gymnastic performances by the artists and a ‘sculptural’ performance with a parachute. The Brunswick Cycling Club participated in the event by conducting training sessions throughout the day. The Velodrome Project was viewed from stadium seating, however bike riders were able to circumnavigate the event via the velodrome track. Barbeque sausages and catalogues with an essay by Alex Martinis Roe were also available.

Video documentation of The Velodrome Project has been exhibited at Careof gallery in Milan, and as part of Gang Green Artist Garden Party curated by Daniel Du Bern in Wellington, New Zealand. A series of photographic images has also resulted from The Velodrome Project.

Click here to read Alex Martinis Roe's catalogue essay about this work.