Tom’s Aura for ‘Achievement through Unity’ by Trevor Weekes
When Tom saw the scultpure Achievement through Unity by Trevor Weekes, he instantly selected it as his choice for marker and aura. He was struck by the feeling of unity and love between the two figures. He appreciated the contrast between the soft lines of their cloaks and the strong, stern lines of their faces, with their chins lifted in pride. The scultpure reminded him of Kings and Queens, of Lords and Noblemen. It prompted him to consider concepts such as honour, pride, leadership and responsibility.
Tom anticipated that this artwork would provoke in people a range of mixed feelings and ideas about its meaning. The first element of the aura he created was a video, included below, that plays over the trigger image and sets out his interpretation of Achievement through Unity.
Tom’s appreciation that other people were likely to view and understand Achievement through Unity in different ways to him shaped the design of his second aura element. Using Photoshop, Tom removed the sculpture from its location, leaving a silhouette window in the courtyard. This aura is able to become a frame around another image or scene. The button Tom programmed to launch this aura invites visitors to ‘Change this reality. Slide a new image of unity under your camera.’ The video below demonstrates how it is possible for each user to replace Trevor Weekes’ scultpure with their own interpretation of unity.
Tania’s Response to Tom’s Aura
What an interesting subjective response this was to the sculpture. It was interesting that he chose to work on his own and was confident (in Year 8) to devise a learning experience that contained a strong individual response to the artwork. The story–telling like response I found thought-provoking as I did not initially jump to this train of thought. The deep thinking verbal presentation is sophisticated for this young student.
I absolutely loved the ‘shell’ technique that Tom used in his presentation. It moved on from his personal verbal approach to the work that to one that invited the audience to project their own imprint and interpretation upon it.