Beneath this Sky was commissioned by Urban Growth NSW as an entrance statement for the Bungarribee childrens playground and recreation area.
The lasercut steel geometric motif is a development of an ongoing exploration into the geometry 'Exceptional Lie Algebra G2' also sometimes known as the ‘flower of life’. As well as being found in the sketch books of Leonardo Da Vinci, this geometric motif can be found in iconography across many cultures, the earliest known representation dating back to 645bc. It is said to describe fundamental aspects of space and time, being the blueprint for describing the symmetrical structure of the hexagon and in Euclidian geometry the Platonic solids which are the cube, tetrahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron and icosahedron. The use of this geometry can be found in religious motifs from Judeo-Christian to Islamic, Shinto, Hindu and Buddhism and can be found in many cultural remains from the Egyptians to ancient Celtic sites.
In this work the geometry shows the curved scaffolding on the upper layer, abstracted to the hexagon on the lower layer. Bees etched into toughened glass panels are randomly attached to the underside of the discs. The bee is a symbol of community, sustainability and communication. Past use of the site has included the accomodation of an OTC telecommunications centre.