Shelters Next Wave Festival 2012


Joseph L. Griffiths’ ¬†unexpected installations Shelters bind creativity and survival, against the backdrop of a failed metropolis in Melbourne’s Docklands. Handmade entirely from natural and recycled materials collected on-site, these improvised dwellings, rafts and lookouts reclaim under-utilised spaces and drift between the wharves. Building on the precinct’s multiple histories and folklore, these part-sculpture, part-living structures explore the unexpected potential for beauty in this notorious landmark of Australia’s cultural cringe and propose new artistic approaches to our everyday lives.