Sci-fi meets site-specific structure as Adelaide artist Roy Ananda unveils a monument to the films at the Samstag gallery
An Adelaide artist has travelled to a galaxy far, far away to find inspiration for his biggest work to date. Roy Ananda has filled Samstag Museum with a huge installation that recreates the scrolling text at the start of the iconic Star Wars films.
“I call it a monument to fandom,” Ananda says. “I’m a fan of popular culture. “I’m the obsessive fan who wants this fiction to be real and tangible.”
In contrast to the technical wizardry of Star Wars, Ananda’s work is made from bits of plywood and pine, bolted together with 10,000 metal screws.
It took two and a half weeks to install, a process that began after Ananda spent months in his studio planning the complicated construction.
The effect in the 1977 film of text scrolling into the distance is created by 435 alphabet letters held aloft on vertical wooden struts.
The struts gradually rise to a height of five metres as the letters steadily decrease in size.
The text can be viewed from the ground floor or the gallery's first-floor mezzanine.
The title of the work, Slow Crawl to Infinity, paraphrases directions in George Lucas’ script.
“The script says something like, ‘music booms and the opening roll-up slowly crawls into infinity’,” Ananda says.
Ananda has been thinking about Slow Crawl to Infinity for a long time but “never had an appropriate venue for it”. “The scale is really important,” he says. “Star Wars loomed so large in my imagination as a child, I had to do justice to that.” Roy Ananda's Slow Crawl to Infinity continues until July 18, City West Campus, Uni SA, 55 North Tce, city, free bit.ly/RoyAnanda