An iconic fine dining institution, filled with a foot of soil? Believe it.
Forget what you think about this Woollahra dining institution. Claude’s will be transformed this June, with the help of Berlin-based Australian installation artist Jordana Maisie. Together with Claude’s head chef and owner Chui Lee Luk, the pair is set to embark on a project that crosses creative boundaries, presenting a visceral experience unlike anything seen before in a restaurant space.
The work invites those who have always been curious about what lies beyond the locked door at 10 Oxford Street Woollahra, to let themselves in and see the space with new eyes, a move reflected in an evolution in Lee Luk’s cuisine, as well as the doing away of the locked door and buzzer.
Amplifying the concept of dining as an exciting, sensory experience, the work, Liminal Space, sees the audience enter an environment housing an amalgam of the electronic and the organic. Scattered LED light bulbs, connected by an intricate circuit of wires protrude from a carpet of soil that powers the work. Maisie designed this work to gently reframe the way we perceive, interact with and understand natural materials such as soil. The space encourages a calm, meaningful experience that underscores Chui’s new direction in cuisine.
While ushering in a new era of exciting, accessible cuisine, the work is also part of a fundraising effort to fuel Maisie's new work, Close Encounters, which will be unveiled at this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival.
Experience this unique creative partnership from June 7-18, when the public are invited to dine within the work, or to treat Claude’s as a gallery space, providing a platform from which to appreciate Lee Luk’s evolution in Claude’s cuisine.
For gallery opening hours, please check the Claude's website closer to the exhibition opening.
10 Oxford Street
Liminal Space, 2010, shown in Berlin
Image courtesy of the artist
180 x 800 x 200 cm
1300 Litres of soil, LED lights, copper, zinc-plated steel,
conduit wire, alligator clips, plastic pots, black plastic sheeting, timber.