Camouflaging as a sculpture for Sculptures by the Sea in 2021, the work aims to recall the experiential memories of the lighthouse, a recognisable architectural element of the Australian seaside. Built out of scaffolding by the architect and his friend themselves, the structure lets the public experience that is restricted to construction workers. A tight and almost precarious scaffolding climbing invoking playfulness found in childlike treehouses. The sand coloured shade cloth blends the structure to the beach, while it glows in the western sun through its sheer like quality, diffusing the light within, with silhouettes of people joyfully climbing the staircase within. Like looking up a lighthouse within, the staircase encircles a void – but this one opens up to the sky above. Reaching the top platform above, an anticipated view over other sculptures dotted amongst the beach, revealing this as the Ephemeral Lookout above the sea and sand.
Lee Yang Yang, Project Architect
Nguyen Thien Khiem, Collaborator