DOLPHIN PARK, MELBOURNE HARBOR, AUSTRALIA
When my feet hit the ground in the southern hemisphere for the very first time, it was Professor Peter Corrigan's studio I was to intensively follow for the next six months. A man with remarkable strength and ability to tell stories - a pure postmodernist within the theater and architecture world.
The project that landed on my desk, was to be located on Melbourne's waterfront, where an amusement park with dolphins was to be given its form. It was both a moral and ethical struggle, every week we were plotting new stories that were created in the interpretation of articles, artwork, books, movies, etc. We ran all over the city to experience and write essays. The interpretation and analysis of existing works, places and performances would supply the project with a foundation and from this basis vibrant stories originated, both as protests and as a craving to try to create a meaningful meeting between these intelligent sea creatures and man – but as we all knew – in reality it could never happen... Freedom was probably the only way forward, which in fact was Peter's message and within this artistic freedom on our behalf. The experience gave me a broader perspective for future projects - it was deeply serious and wonderfully humorous.