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Responding comprises a 39m mobile phone tower that gracefully arches over the Great Victorian Rail Trail in Mansfield. In their usual display, phone towers sit at heights well above the landscape or our built environments. Here, the tower appears animated, falling close to the ground as if bowing to meet us. In this way, the technological function of transmission – of receiving and responding to signals – becomes a personal interaction between the viewer, the artwork and the landscape. With its slender taper and gentle curve, the tower appears more organic than industrial, like a stalk of field grass with its long, thin signal panels mimicking seed pods fraying at their tips.

Artist: Robbie Rowlands
Client: Mitchell, Murrindindi & Mansfield Shire Councils
Location: Taungurung Country, Mansfield, Victoria
Project Management: David Hagger
Fabrication: Sculpture Co.

Commissioned as part of a $1.2m joint project between Mitchell, Murrindindi and Mansfield Shire Councils, funded by the State Government’s Regional Tourism Investment Fund. Visit the GVRT website here

Photography: Nigel Karikari
April 2023