Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove

Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove rocks moon land art installation
Photo courtesy David Corbett

Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove rocks moon land art installation
Photo courtesy David Corbett

Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove rocks moon land art installation
Photo courtesy David Corbett

Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove rocks moon land art installation
Photo courtesy Lizzie Buckmaster Dove

Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove rocks moon land art installation
Photo courtesy Lizzie Buckmaster Dove

Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove rocks moon land art installation
Photo courtesy Bernie Fischer

Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove rocks moon land art installation
Photo courtesy Bernie Fischer

Pool, The Alchemy of Blue—Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove rocks moon land art installation
Photo courtesy Bernie Fischer

Coledale is a small seaside village in New South Wales, Australia, a place known for its surfing and slow pace of life. It’s also home to artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove who for years has taken daily walks along the beach, stopping to pick up things she found along the way. One of the objects she collected most frequently were smooth stones painted light blue on a single side which she would eventually discover were fragments of an oceanside sea pool that was being slowly consumed by the surf.

With help from a grant provided by the Australia Council for the Arts, Dove set to work on a series of installations using the swimming pool concrete. Titled Pool, The Alchemy of Blue, the works are meant as sort of an homage to lunar cycles and the moon’s power to create the tides that reclaimed the Coledale pool. Before an imminent construction project to completely resurface the pool Dove collected even larger pieces of the pool which would eventually help form the suspended installation you see above at Wollongong City Gallery.

You can see a video of Dove discussing the series by Theme Media and see much more work on her website.

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