Even though Grandiflora’s Saskia Havekes is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished artists working in floristry today, the Sydneysider felt deeply honoured to be among the bespoke group of innovators invited by the Kaldor Public Art Project (KPAP) to be part of its 2020 commission.
Havekes is working alongside some of Australia’s most acclaimed creatives in their fields, including Sydney Dance Company artistic director and choreographer Rafael Bonachela; Pritzker Prize-winning architect Glenn Murcutt; Australia’s first Indigenous artist to have a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Tracey Moffatt; and Biennale of Sydney performance artist Brian Fuata.
The group of 15 are part of KPAP’s Project 36: do it (australia), a global digital exhibition that will eventually result in 50 new artworks designed to spark creativity during this period of lockdown and isolation.
How it works is over the course of three weeks, every Wednesday beginning May 13, the artists issue instructions via KPAP’s website and Instagram. The public then responds with their interpretation – be it by creating an object, a performance, or something completely different – and posts the results.
Havekes says for her part in the project she will give punters directions that are therapeutic and relate to nature. “[They are] interactive and very simple, requiring very simple materials that can be gathered anywhere ... It’s … inspired by isolation and is an extension of my normal daily work of sending messages and beautiful flowers to people in the world. So seeing that go even further is what I’m really excited about,” says Havekes.”
Bonachela will invite people to “find [themselves] alone in a place” before instructing them to break through “blinding light”; while Sydney artist Janet Laurence also wants people to immerse themselves in nature.
Some instructions will be practical, others more conceptual, but all are designed to be done by anyone, anywhere.
Project 36: do it (australia) is being run in collaboration with London’s Serpentine Galleries and ICI New York (Independent Curators International), and will form part of a global network of pieces under the title do it (around the world). The Google Arts & Culture online hub will then present a selection of the works.