Sci-fi meets site-spe­cific struc­ture as Ade­laide artist Roy Ananda un­veils a mon­u­ment to the films at the Sam­stag gallery

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - ARTS - Words louise nunn

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

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