Civil Twilight End is a permanent commission responding to the unique site of Goods Shed North in Melbourne’s Docklands. Melbourne-based contemporary artists Kate Daw and Stewart Russell have collaborated to conceive this major new work. Curated by Natalie King and Simon Maidment for Satellite Art Projects, the project has been commissioned for Equiset, Grollo Group to complement their landmark redevelopment.
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Situated on the corner of Bourke and Village Streets will be a bell tower, built from the original reclaimed bricks from the historic Goods Shed it will flank, and designed by Geoffrey Barton of Lovell Chen Architects. The bell housed in the tower will ring once per day, at the moment of Civil Twilight End, when the sun has disappeared from view but while the sky is still illuminated by it.
Marking this moment symbolises the shift in the use of the Docklands precinct from one purely of industry and work to a more convivial space in recent times.
A series of text plaques will be sited on Goods Shed North, along Village Street that poetically draw out other social, cultural and historic connections with the project.
Construction of the tower will begin in May 2011.
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