Blue blue mountains, 2019
Image: Keith Maxwell
Blue blue Mountains is an optical installation, a play with words and colours.
The Blue Mountains is densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. These trees fill the atmosphere with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapor, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour – hence creating the illusion of a blue landscape. While this phenomenon occurs only when viewing the landscape from a distance, Blue blue Mountains aims to create a similar experience close up and within the rainforest itself.
Playing with complementary colours and the way our eyes are work, the public is invited to immerse themselves within and view the surrounding nature through a massive lens of orange. A subtle reference to the original phenomena can be found in the work through small perforations in the Perspex. When looking at the view through the lens, these holes will appear blue, creating an alternative blue experience of the Blue Mountains.
The work doesn’t just play with the way our eyes work; it exploits how our mind processes colour to point out that everything we see is an illusion.