steel, anodized steel, gears
Dimensions (H x W x D)
1500 cm (height)
Commissioned by VicUrban (now Development Victoria) and later transferred to the City of Melbourne
City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection
Location: Docklands Park South, Docklands
'Blowhole', by Sydney-based artist Duncan Stemler, is a 15-metre-high wind-powered kinetic sculpture. Its many moving parts include arms and anodised aluminium cups, which interact with each other to form changing patterns, colours and shadows.
Reflecting the site’s maritime theme, together the cups resemble the form of an anemometer, used on top of a yacht’s mast. 'Blowhole' is an environmentally responsive artwork, expressing states ranging from calmness to frenzy, with the rotation speed of its elements dependent on the strength and direction of the wind. By day, the anodised cups pulse with reflected sunlight, by night they are lit from within. The sculpture is also able to change its full aspect as it rotates around its vertical axis.