Terraforming Past Event

Presented by Nicholas Burridge
A basalt stone is suspended from a cable, the bottom of it has melted forming a perfect drip of obsidian.

The term ‘Terraforming’ refers to the re-engineering of a planet. In this context, it focuses attention upon the ways humans are transforming earth. Nicholas Burridge contributes to this history of transformation through the re-forming of the local material basalt, the rock we walk on in the Victorian Volcanic Plains. During his residency at Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West, Nicholas Burridge has activated this emblematic material transforming it back into a ‘fluid-rock’. This intervention upon the stone is one that remembers Melbourne’s geologic past while also being an expression of our current geologic epoch, the Anthropocene.

Terraforming runs from 26 Mar-10 Apr on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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Fri 26 Mar 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 27 Mar 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Exhibition opening
Thu 01 Apr 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 03 Apr 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Melbournes Living Museum of the West
Melbourne's Living Museum of the West, Pipemakers Park, Van Ness Avenue, Maribyrnong VIC 3032, Australia