The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) invites you to make a donation to its third Sculpture Terrace Commission, Composer, by Sydney artist Caroline Rothwell. With your support, this poetic and whimsical large-scale sculpture will be unveiled at the end of the year as part of the Museum’s 25th anniversary.
The MCA Sculpture Commission is an ongoing program of artworks commissioned for the Museum’s Loti Smorgan Sculpture Terrace on Level 4. The Museum works with artists to realise new, temporary artworks that respond to this unique site overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Composer is a 6-metre high, kinetic sculpture that explores current issues around energy consumption, sustainable sources of energy and global warming. Rothwell’s artistic practice interrogates political ideas in poetic, subtle, even humorous ways, which can generate dialogue and open up new perspectives.
Composer acts as a wind turbine where the wind flowing over the Loti Smorgan Sculpture Terrace is harnessed to create light. The sculpture is powered by a pinwheel – an up-scaled version of a child’s seaside toy, usually propelled by wind or their breath. Attached to the mast of the sculpture is a windswept female figure. This figure operates as a weather vane, moving around the mast with the ambient air flow.
Caroline Rothwell said: “This is such an exciting commission. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to make a work for the Museum of Contemporary Art on such an incredible site.”
This new commission follows previous MCA Sculpture Commissions by Hany Armanious (2012-2014) and Sangeeta Sandrasegar (2014-2016).