The Breadfruit Tree Project consists of a twenty-foot yellow transport container with a protruding robotic arm, pristine white surfaces and hydroponic lights that illuminate a collection of cultivated Breadfruit plants. The words HMAV Bounty are printed on the door and a muffled, aggressive voice yells in the background. In this installation, the container was placed on a popular Townsville boulevard, the strange arrangement catching the attention of passersby. The voice we hear is Fox’s, a direct descendant of William Bligh. Fox is making reference to the ill-fated journey of Bligh aboard the Bounty and the transport of Breadfruit trees across the pacific. The shipping container is now reconfigured into a contemporary colonisation device.

Exhibition Artwork
Temporary Installation

2007

The shipping container is now reconfigured into a contemporary colonisation device

Breadfruit Tree Project

20ft Shipping Container, Breadfruit Trees, Takeuchi Mini Excavator, Hydroponic Lighting, Fan, Pneumatic Hoses And Fittings, Melamine, Timber Framing, Looping Audio Track, Hessian Bags. 


Assisted By: The Australia Council For The Arts, The Botanical Ark, Kennards Hire, Royal Wolf Containers, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville City Council Photography: Rob Parsons, Chris Fox

Credits, Collaborators and Consultants

Gadigal Country, Sydney, NSW Australia

© 2022 by Studio Chris Fox.

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