intervention statement: laredo 006


“a curve is a set of points which, near each of its points, looks like a line”[1]


“It’s the space between the lines that counts.”[2]

“Under the warm rays of grace,
The atom sparkles.
When the light breeze passes by,
It gently sways...
Oh! what ineffable delight!
What favors has it not received?”[3]



Soon after the summer solstice, on a clear day, laredo 006 honoured the occasion with a serpentine curve and white ribbons.

The site, as usual with the laredo interventions, inspired, generated, and informed the project. A handrail of a rustic staircase, made from straight logs, configured a curve that appeared to be quite angular close-up yet looked relatively smooth from a distance. The asymmetrically-placed ribbons - recycled cotton rag-strips - were tied onto the logs. Streaming in the bright sunshine, their lengths changed in appearance, often looking much shorter from being almost-weightless in the breeze. As pliable lines, constantly in motion, they rippled from a fixed curve, simultaneously arcing in dimensional space. For every second of the 1-hour intervention, this specific space became especially momentous.



[2] Agnes Martin, Interviewed by Leon d’Avigdor at her studio in Taos, New Mexico

[3] St. Therese of Lisieux, translated by Donald Kinney


Located next to the Upper Esplanade in Bunbury WA, the staircase is mainly used by senior high school students as a shortcut to their sports classes held at the basketball / tennis courts and also, across Ocean Drive, at Back Beach.


A precedent which explored the double curve was Bergman’s 2018 phenomenological intervention, Perlustrata no.1. This work redefined one of the architectural spaces in Blindside Gallery, Melbourne.



Appreciation, as always, to Paul MacGillivary for his patience in doing preliminary tests - not only with varied materials - but co-assessing the site in various weather conditions and times of day.


laredo 006
staircase, Upper Esplanade / Bunbury, Western Australia

13 January 2023