HIDDEN HISTORIES AND INVISIBLE STORIES,
the City of Hamilton and the Royal Botanical Gardens, 2000
Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Hamilton for the exhibition Zone 6B: Art in the Environment
Five pole-mounted steel markers.
medium: painted steel, with steel base poles and concrete footings 4 feet deep.
dimensions: each marker 34 inches (86 cm) high x 28 inches (71 cm) wide x 3/16 inch (0.5 cm) thick; mounted on steel poles each 8 feet (2.4 m) high x 4 inches (10 cm) diameter.
It seems to me that Hamilton has two geographical features that have played pivotal roles: the lake and the escarpment. This setting has affected much of what happens here — even, perhaps, the reason for the city’s foundation. I am interested in the relationship between human experience and the land: the intersection of geography with memory, impossible truths and inevitable ambiguities. I am fascinated by the different layers — ‘natural’ and human — that can occur in the same place. The land is important to me, but even more important is the idea that it becomes a ‘place’ because someone has been there.
I am drawn to the extraordinary fact that all places — parks, factories, streets, homes — hide invisible dimensions other than what we can see. I hope these markers can provide a reason to stop and wonder for a moment about the unknowable dimensions embedded, saturated, in these places. And, like everywhere, these places will continue to change.
Marlene Creates, 2000