Public Art : Steam
Nicknames: Beryllium Spheres
Sculptor : © Donna Marcus
Date Unveiled : October, 2006
Description : Inspired by 1940s architect,
Buckminster Fuller, the Steam sculpture, consists of 15 steel geodesic ("straight line" to "curved
spaces") spheres, made from 7,000 steamers and 780 plates bolted together. Yes, that's right, the spheres are
made from vegetable steamers. Donna Marcus is renowned for making sculptures from discarded aluminium kitchenware
and transforming them into something completely new in context. At night these spheres light up.
Location : Brisbane Square, Queensland, Australia
History of the Steam sculpture : In 2006
three Brisbane artists put in submissions to have their work exhibited in Brisbane
Square. Donna chose Steam which was based on another one of her works called, Fall (yes,
steamers were also involved, but no vegetable was hurt in the making ). The concept for Steam was
inspired by the idea of "random disbursement". Cheras was responsible for the fabricating of the 7,000
steamers (how does one find so many ?), Queensland Spinners pressed the 480 plates, Everything Metal bolted the plates and welded the steamers and
(thanks to Tony) Modern Engineering machine drilled the
724,000 or so holes.
Well I Never
: If you have ever wondered about the unusual layout of these spheres, wonder no more. Donna, true
to her form, made a scaled down version of the steamer spheres and literally threw them across the Brisbane Square
and where ever they landed was the location they were to be placed (random disbursement alright).