What I’ve found most amazing, most heart-breaking, heart-warming, and always intriguing is exploring the images submitted by the public. These are their views and more importantly their visions of how the water born disasters impacted their lives and communities. There are images of debris piles punctuate by a dirty toy bear or couches playfully placed in deep water, a place to sit on a flooded street. Some of the photographs show people at their best, helping neighbours and rescuing the stranded, while others highlight the power of Queensland’s weather and implications to our built and natural environments.
This is an artwork conceptualized by myself, Lubi Thomas and the State Library team, but with a soul built by the cameras of Queenslanders.
The hard part, as an artist, was to find a way to incorporate these images into a dynamic and interactive artwork, and yet not distracting from the images themselves. The mosaic artwork does this by continuously generating mosaics, allowing the user to explore, find new images and continue navigating, forever exploring the connections between these Queensland visions. And the result is an artwork that tells a story, or rather a near infinite series of stories, tales of recovery, loss and dare I say, hope, which with every click form and reform, like the weather itself.
– Written by Jason Nelson, Artist