Vortex @ Tamarama beach, Sydney 2006
Joey and the Vortex video (2016)
I cringe when I watch this video .. but, as two of Ian’s sons love to say, “It is what it is”.
This video takes you on a visual journey of the creation, erection and dismantling of Vortex from a garage in Drummoyne to the beach at Tamarama.
Joey was 3 months old when we started building and 5 months old when it was erected on the beach. I was in the chaotic throes of new motherhood and the magical space of pure possibility.
2006 – a new life
2006 was the year my world was transformed and a new life began. I came up with the concept for Vortex during a fevered sleep while pregnant. The powerful childhood experience of being tossed around in a wave, dumped and unable to breathe, and then re-emerging for air with a feeling of relief and aliveness, was what I wanted to convey with this sculpture. The sense of being immersed and re-emerging with a fresh view on the world is and it represented a symbol of hope. Since shifting our thinking is how we shift our reality.
Vortex is a symbol of magic, transformation and new life.
Inspired by watching children climb on and explore public sculptures, and the childhood memory of being dumped in the waves at the beach, spinning underwater unable to take a breath, the piece celebrates nature, exploration, and seeing the world afresh.
The intention was that you would walk into Vortex, be brought to your knees, turned around, and crawl out with a new perspective on the world.
The piece was erected for two weeks at Tamarama beach, Sydney, as part of the 2006 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
Vortex embodies life, nature and miracles.
Back to life
I am currently (finally!) re-erecting this sculpture (and my life!) after 15 years in pieces. It’s final resting place is at my home in Fernmount, NSW, Australia.
This has been a journey of understanding and appreciating ‘life’.
I have come to realise that ‘life’ is on the other side of our fears.
Fear is our ego keeping us safe. It isn’t ‘bad’, but it is ‘life depleting’.
Fear has had me want to give up on life too many times. It has come so close to breaking me.
But I’ve come to see that fear is contraction, it is staying small, it is the human self (as opposed to the spirit self) caught in patterns that and lots of ‘self development’, at my home in Fernmount, Australia, as I finally break through a mega fear barrier and launch my new ‘business’ of sculpture, writing and ‘life creation’. It is a celebration of life and represents my journey through fear, confusion, sadness, hiding and self doubt into love, clarity, joy, visibility and self acceptance.
I’ve learned that fear can be an ally – showing you where you need to go (though it likely isn’t where you would choose to go). Fear is a portal to freedom.
I spent most of my life chasing freedom, and I found it in all sorts of places. And now I see that freedom is simply on the other side of fear.
Entering the Vortex
This was the start of a big dream – a dream to create public sculptures which allow you to enter magical worlds to see the world afresh.
Creation & installation team: Ian Langton, George Martini, Luke Hoban-Langton, Vanessa Grace, Charmaine (Orly) Grace.
Installation team: Kathy Moran, Olivier Duvillard, Michel ?, Tyson ?
Extra support team: Marion Grace, Deby & Alex Bowen,
Inspiration: Joey Grace-Langton
Sponsors: The Plan Shop, Alex Bowen Carpets, Alcoa Aluminium, Sculpture by the Sea,Waverley Municipal Council