The project is an investigation of place and the idea that chemistry is at the core of landscape change in Kapunda, a historic copper mining town in South Australia: from the processes of the wine industry to the extraction of copper with sulphuric acid.

The project is located in a partially-flooded open-cast mine. The water is contaminated with copper sulphate, giving it an ultra vivid aqua marine colour.

Metal channels containing wine are laid across the lake. These support a grid of metal lighting poles. The lights are powered chemically; a copper and zinc electrode in the wine generate enough current to light the grid.

Council of Kapunda and Light, South Australia.

The project celebrates Kapunda’s industrial past but looks ahead to a different future. It was undertaken as part of a wider town regeneration strategy.