Artist breezes in

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on March 2, 2019

HARNESSING the wind’s strength and direction is how Melbourne artist Cameron Robbins creates his work.

He’s aimed to inspire school students to also follow abstract creative techniques whilst he’s been in Albany for the past week.

Robbins has spent several days working with Great Southern Grammar art students and teaching them different ways of drawing.

The main inspiration has been his installing of a wind-powered drawing instrument that transcribes the weather onto paper.

The instrument connects a wind turbine and weathervane to a pencil via intricate engineering that Robbins has been perfecting for more than 20 years.

The end result is a translation of wind direction and speed via a series of lines, shading and shapes.

“It’s about being non-objective,” Robbins said.

“I got the students to use fishing rods and golf clubs, to create lines of energy.

“It’s something completely different.”

Robbins built his first wind-powered drawing instrument in Melbourne in 1992.

The idea stemmed from wanting to draw different parts of the south coast of Australia and work with nature.

“It’s got a lot more finesse now,” Robbins said about the instrument.

“The engineering has gone up several levels and I use A-grade marine materials.

“I think the strongest wind it has catered for is about 90kph.

“That was pretty intense.”

The end result of this machine’s efforts – a series of artworks – is now on display at the Albany Entertainment Centre and will be until March 9.

Robbins will be onsite around lunchtime everyday during the exhibition to showcase the work and explain the wind instrument to visitors from the centre’s exterior deck.