Cubism sculptures by Heidi Lefebvre, 2012, lazer cut stainless steel

The Cubism project is the result of a partnership between the Orange Regional Arts Foundation and Orange Health Service.

The Orange Regional Arts Foundation provided funding to four local artists, who were commissioned through an expression of interest process in January 2011 to create a series of original designs. Arts OutWest was a key contributor to the project including involvement on the panel that selected the successful artists: Aileen Francis, Maryn Tidich Hellmich, Heidi Lefebvre and Sally Watson.The lazer-cut stainless steel designs have been fixed to the existing cube structures, which were placed in various courtyards and gardens around the hospital by the original landscape architects.

Chair of the Orange Regional Arts Foundation Fem Hawke, said the Cubism artworks express the essence of the Orange region. “The Orange Regional Arts Foundation saw this as a wonderful opportunity to partner with the Arts and Health Committee and to engage local artists in developing designs that encapsulate health and the natural environment of the Central West,” said Ms Hawke. “It’s wonderful to see how each of these local artists have transformed the original cubes into unique and multifaceted artworks.”

Aileen Francis

Each cube in my artwork, Air, Earth, & Water, is of a mythical creature occupying one of the three elements of our biosphere. Of the two drawings on each cube, one is the entire image while the other is an enlarged detail. The creatures have a whimsical appearance so occasionally, through their mystique, they may take a viewer by surprise as they oscillate between abstraction and clarity. I also encourage the viewer to linger for a moment to create their own stories, and discover their own imaginings: a bit like cloud spotting.

As a volunteer artist for 16 months with the community projects for the Orange Health Centre, I have also been thrilled with the positive responses the plant and animal weavings, and the terrazzo pavers installed in the grounds have received.

 

Maryn Hellmich

The ideas for the Cube Project came from nature. The dynamics and movement give the feeling of life and the shadow pictures give another dimension, drawing on the complexity of all things. The final images that were chosen, reminds one of the pastures of lucern and the patterns  the tractor describes, ploughing furrows in the earth around the grazing country where I live. Most of my art practice is based on natural phenomena projecting the impression of the subject matter, but not of it.

  Heidi Lefebvre

I tried to create a narrative with my panels. I referenced children’s stories and incorporated images of hope and growth. I was thinking about the way we navigate our way through life.
 
Making the cubes was a collaborative process. From the original designs to the finished sculptures demanded clear communication and vision. It was great to see the end result installed and to consider the positive influence these sculptures can have on people’s experience of the hospital.


Heidi Lefebvre is an artist living in Molong. Heidi studied Printmedia and Drawing at Canberra Institute of the Arts. She completed her degree with Honours and was awarded the university medal. Heidi then began exhibiting her drawings in Artist Run Initiatives and experimental art spaces as well as regional galleries and community arts events.
 
Heidi is committed to community projects and has completed many site specific sculptures using laser cut metal. She also participates in her local arts community; mentors high school students with their major works and volunteers with pre-school and kindergarten art projects.
  Sally Watson  
           
I was born at Orange in 1952 and studied graphic design at the National Art School, Sydney, graduating in 1974. I have fifteen years experience as a graphic designer and illustrator working for Nature and Health Magazine, the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Department of Conservation and Land Management, Perth, Western Australian Museum, City of Fremantle WA and the Bureau of Flora and Fauna.

In 1989 and 1991 I designed and illustrated three murals and numerous panels interpreting the environment for visitor centres in the National Parks of Western Australia at Milyering at Cape Range and at Millstream Chichester in the Pilbara. These works have been viewed by an estimated 70,000 visitors. Since 1991 I have had seven solo exhibitions.

I like the concept of making an artwork out of a seemingly insignificant aspect of nature. The discipline of observing the detail, structure and form is like a training exercise to keep the eye and mind focused. In my designs for the cubes at Orange Health Service I accentuated the unique shapes and textures of Blue Leaved Stringy Bark and Sandpaper Fig.
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