Floating Land Archive Site 2021


Miles Allen, Sam Taylor and Clare Kennedy

This large-scale installation references the Sand Bubbler crabs’ cleaning and building practices in re-casting of sand balls at low tide. Made entirely from waste building material and waste concrete, the balls, at approximately 30cm diameter each, form a ground-based installation that culminates in a central ‘burrow’ point. Installed on the beach at high tide mark, the balls appear to submerge and ‘disappear’ as the lake water rises and falls.

Miles Allen is an artist whose work doesn’t fit into a neat description. He describes himself as a multi-disciplinary artist whose more recent work has included sculpture and installation art. He conducts an ongoing exploration into recycling a variety of materials in a variety of ways. He has been influenced by traveling and working throughout central Australia over the last few years. His art is about seeing beauty in ordinary things, creating order, crossing cultures, promoting conversations, joy and humour.

Allen has held 19 solo exhibitions since 2002. His most recent exhibition is with Sam Taylor at Gympie Regional Gallery on the theme of Boundaries. He has exhibited with Taylor twice at Floating Land and elsewhere. He has shown work in over 100 group shows and competitions and this year has had work in the Sunshine Coast Art Prize and SWELL Sculpture Festival when over 15 000 people interacted with his work. He is represented in the collections of the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, the Mater Private Hospital Brisbane and the Gold Coast University Hospital amongst others. In 2010 he completed one of the largest murals in Australia in Bella Vista, NSW. In 2016 he won the Sculpture on the Edge competition and in 2019 the Environment Award at Maleny. He is represented by Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.

Samantha Taylor is an architect/artist making installations and drawings. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Taylor investigates the dynamics of landscape, ideas of utopia and the everyday including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. Her works are often about contact with architecture and basic living elements through acts of observation or invited play. Energy (heat, light, water), space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and sometimes developed in absurd ways as a means to explore opportunities for joy in the every-day. Sam works predominantly in Drawing and Installation.

Clare Kennedy is Founder, Architect & Creative Director at Five Mile Radius, a Brisbane based design studio exploring Australia’s construction materials. Five Mile Radius creates projects, products and educational content that imagine a world built on a respect for material resources.  Founded in 2016, the studio is the collaborative effort of a group of architects, tradespeople and educators passionate about testing new ideas for Australia’s built future. Five Mile Radius uses pilot projects to prototype ideas, often turning projects into products that allow for continued experimentation.  Funds generated through the Five Mile Shop are used to fuel additional materials research and create educational events and content. The studio works with both recycled and natural materials and is seen as a local leader in closed loop thinking, waste reuse and bioclimatic design.