Beth Arnold: Plane and Field

 Image Courtesy: Testing Grounds

Image Courtesy: Testing Grounds

 
 

The day that I first visit Beth Arnold’s Plane and Field at Testing Grounds just so happens to be Australia Day. After walking amidst the stifling, teeming crowds- just minutes after the Invasion Day protest- stepping down into South Bank feels like entering an altogether disparate realm. As I descend the stairs that lead down to the site, the pulsing heat subsides a little, as forbidding apartment buildings -concrete obelisks- obscure the glaring sun. The web of steel beams that composes Testing Grounds’ new ‘superstructure’ spreads out below me: an inviting haven from the surrounding chaos.

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