Ken Yonetani with a small sample of the ceramic
and brick pieces which the work will be made from.
Artists impression - Breathing Tree
Ken + Julia Yonetani have recently been awarded the council commission to design and install the public artwork for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and new library in Katoomba.
The commissioned piece, a 10 metre long eucalyptus leaf, is composed of thousands of hand-made ceramic pieces which will be attached to the external wall of the building, currently under construction facing Parke Street.
Each piece will be created like a shape of a stomata, a cell of a leaf, the ‘breathing holes’ of native flora.
The design is inspired by images of eucalyptus leaves from trees in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area acquired using electron-microscopic technology from the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility at the University of Sydney.
“The work reveals the hidden process of photosynthesis and respiration of plant life to the naked human eye, asking us to once again begin a lost conversation with trees as living and breathing spirits,” Ken Yonetani.
This text is an extract from the Blue Mountains Gazette