Breadfruit Tree Project

2007

The Strand, Townsville QLD

The Breadfruit Tree Project consists of a twenty-foot yellow transport container with a protruding robotic arm, pristine white surfaces and hydroponic lights that illuminate a collection of cultivated Breadfruit plants. The words HMAV Bounty are printed on the door and a muffled, aggressive voice yells in the background. In this installation, the container was placed on a popular Townsville boulevard, the strange arrangement catching the attention of passersby.  The voice we hear is Fox’s, a direct descendant of William Bligh. Fox is making reference to the ill-fated journey of Bligh aboard the Bounty and the transport of Breadfruit trees across the pacific. The shipping container is now reconfigured into a contemporary colonisation device.

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