Mark Surtees & Hannah Surtees

Geronimo!, 2018

Polyurethane, brass and led rope light
50 x 4 x 800cm

Mark Surtees & Hannah Surtees
  • $20,000 Scenic World Major Award
Mark Surtees & Hannah Surtees

Image: Keith Maxwell

Geronimo! is a timeless celebration of the humble swing. From our primal beginnings in the trees over 4 million years ago, to the pure joy of letting go, the exhilaration, the wind in your hair and being lost in the moment – this modern day equivalent transcends age & culture and is embedded in the core of our DNA. This sense of freedom, the playfulness and boundless fun in such a simple action gives rise to a primal connection with the surroundings of the forest. To give Geronimo! a more permanent place in our life, add meaning and some artistic elevation, we would like to make what is normally the stick/seat part from cast bronze, with partial polished areas. The rope will be made using the outer shell of a climbing rope with a waterproof led rope light inner to give the impression of an illuminated rope. Retaining the look and essence of the stick, the nuances of the bark and knots in the branch, the work is elevated to that of functional sculpture, a subtle  and playful work that pulls on the memories both past and present.