What was our planet 3 billion years ago? This is the question addressed by James Darling and Lesley Forwood in Living Rocks: A Fragment of the Universe.
Living Rocks is the first Australian solo project selected as an Official Collateral Event in the history of La Biennale Arte.
La Biennale Arte provides an unparalleled opportunity for SA and Australia to present on the world stage. Living Rocks is an inspiring, collaborative installation that connects the present day to the beginning of life on earth.
Living Rocks will be presented in the historic Magazzini del Sale. A shallow 30m-long pool will flood the cavernous space. From the pool will emerge thrombolites, rock-like microbial structures that were the beginnings of life, and the only living organisms on our planet for 3 billion years.
The thrombolites in the pool in the Magazzini del Sale will be constructed from the roots of the mallee gum, sourced from the artists’ farm in SA.
The mallee roots as thrombolites speak of evolution and tenacious survival.
Towering over 3 sides of the pool will be a 36.5m-long and 3m-tall moving image artwork, featuring images from the present day to 3 billion years ago, created by Jumpgate. String Quartet No. 2 by Paul Stanhope and performed by the ASQ will soar through the space. Immersed in this experience, the viewer will “touch a piece of infinity”.
The exhibition will be open from May 8 to November 11, 6 days per week from 10am to 6pm. Entry will be free.
70% of the project is privately-funded and underwritten by Living Rocks Collaboration Pty Ltd. This covers core components of the exhibition, including venue and technical equipment hire, construction, and installation costs.
7% will be provided by public funding bodies.
The 23% raised by this campaign will go directly to major expenses, including specialised technical assistance, electrical running costs, exhibition invigilators, and promotional campaigns.
Your donation will elevate the experience, reach, and impact of Living Rocks.
$20 1 day’s electrical running costs
$150 1 week’s electrical running costs
$300 2 days’ wages for 2 invigilators to staff the project
$555 1/3rd section of the 30-metre-long steel casing holding the pool of water
$1018 1 week’s wages for 2 invigilators to staff the project
$1666 1 section of the 30-metre-long steel casing holding the pool of water
$2420 1 day’s hiring of the technical equipment to run 10 Panasonic projectors
$3152 Full season’s electrical running costs
$4584 1 month’s wages for 2 invigilators to staff the project
$7260 3 days’ hiring of the technical equipment to run 10 Panasonic projectors
$11803 Shipping costs of materials from Adelaide to Venice
$16878 1 week’s hiring of the technical equipment to run 10 Panasonic projectors
 Josh Fanning, City Mag, June 20, 2018.