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'Confederacy of Dunces'    2012

This is my tribute to our elected luminaries. One hundred and fifty cones laid in in the appropriate colours to resemble the floorplan of Australian fediral parliment. The cone shape is a reference to both a dunces' hat, and to the ubiquitous traffic cone warning - that something potentially hazardous is going on. I have little faith in partisan party politics and the best of times, but this particular parliment is getting beyond a joke.

The title is borrowed from John Kennedy Toole, who wrote the novel of the same name. He himself borrowed it from Swift, who wrote "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him". I'd love to think that this might apply to me, but I don't think I've earned that sort of opposition - yet.

Each of the cone shapes contains a solar-powered garden light, so that as evening comes, they all light up with bright ideas and bold mandates, which subsequently fade with the encroaching darkness.

In general, sculpture is hard to capture in a single image, but this one really is hard to explain in a few frames. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out all that well in actuality either. Still, it seemed to go down well at the Swell Sculpture Festival in 2012.