Situated at Tamarama Beach drawing on the ebb and flow of the tides and foot movement, Beach Reiki explored how the making of patterns can become more profound when their disappearance is immanent.


Inspired by the Japanese Zen practice of sand raking, Beach Reiki was presented as an ephemeral beach-wide installation, made at dawn during the Sculpture by the Sea Festival, 2012. As a durational action-based work, Ceri and Lynda raked patterns round existing artworks, creating a new work that could be read at both beach level and from above.


The patterns in the sand represented both the fragile landscape as well as the fields of habit, the shift in thinking that is required by our community is both habit making and habit breaking. The inherent respect that another individual mark commands guides the changes across the a sandy beach until the inevitable cycle of natural forces washes away the mark but curiously enhances our capacity to remember the whole.


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Over the peak weekends of the festival, Public Assembly developed a kit of tools to offer the experience of public contemplation through action – highlighting the dilemma: to make a pattern is to break a pattern. It is this transition that heightens each participant’s awareness of each other and the impact of even their own footprints on the immediate environment. Beach Reiki intended to offer a sense of playful empowerment, balanced with the realisation of responsibility that empowerment entails.


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The core component of the work entailed a set of 12 rakes fabricated from recycled municipal signs and bamboo broom sticks. Ceri and Lynda’s garments were re-worked Waverly City Council worker uniforms, subverting the expected pattern of behaviour by local authorities. The less tangible qualities of the work consist of providing public demonstration of how the rakes might be used and responsible supervision of public play.


PA vs Waverley


Thanks to: MüCKE, garment design. Sarah Jameson, Kim and Paul Williams for support raking.