intervention statement: laredo 003



“… the time has again come for neo-minimalism, neo-ascetism, neo-denial and sublime poverty..." [1]

Bergman unearthed a number of white quartz stones left in her garden by a past resident. After a ritual wash with French soap and rainwater, their shapes revealed a surprising assortment of similarities while their crystalline surfaces glimmered with light. It seemed obvious to honour both the physical and well-documented metaphysical presence of these ancient stones by patterning 104 of them in a classic geometric archetype. Voilà: a golden rectangle.


The site for laredo’s third intervention was a parking lot at an abandoned TV transmission studio. Coincidentally, the building’s architecture has the same ratio as the golden rectangle in some of its windows and a section of the back service gate.


In the early morning of a full moon, the unadorned simplicity of an apparently arte povera material placed on weathered pavement became - for a few moments - a contemplative experience of ‘the sublimity of reality.’ [2]



[1] Juhani Pallasmaa, Architecture in Miniature [Helsinki: Museum of Finnish Architecture 1991] 1.

[2] Barbara Haskell, Agnes Martin [New York: Whitney Museum of Art 1992) 114.



“All quartz crystals have 6 primary metaphysical properties. They are able to structure, store, amplify, focus, transmit and transform energy, which includes thought, emotion, and information. The properties of these crystals are not limited solely to the metaphysical… In chakra healing and personal development, quartz crystals act like tuning forks…”


“Throughout history, the ratio for length to width of rectangles of 1.61803 has been considered the most pleasing to the eye.

“Historically this unique geometric proportion has been given the name ‘Golden Proportion,’ and is designated by the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet, phi (ϕ)…”
Robert Lawlor, Sacred Geometry, Philosophy & Practice [London: Thames & Hudson, 2012] 45.

GWN7 TV studio broadcast transmissions of its programs from Bunbury across regional Western Australia for over 50 years. Modern technology surpassed the spacious building - with its multiple satellite dishes - prompting a new, much smaller location in the centre of town.



Much appreciation, as always, to Paul MacGillivary for his patience and encouragement along with his advice on setting-up a datum line. Gratitude to Tom Rigby for giving me his chalk line reel decades ago.



laredo 003
GWN7 TV ex-studio / Bunbury, Western Australia

26 May 2021