Cyclogenesis Table was made from timber cut from trees that came
down in the parks of Melbourne during the storm of February 2005.
Species included Elm, Plane (Lacewood), Poplar and Himalayan Cedar.
The piece is intended to encapsulate the meteorological events
that occurred in one of the most severe summer-time storms that
has ever hit Melbourne. According to the Bureau of Meteorology,
"the rapid development of a low or intensification of a pre-existing
one is known meteorologically as cyclogenesis".
The storm event peaked on the day of 3rd February, during which
Melbourne experienced 113mm of rain, 104 km per hour winds, a top
temperature of 13.5 degrees Celsius, air pressure of 985 hectopascals,
and a peak wave height of 12.5 metres at the entrance of Port Phillip
These statistics are inlaid into the table top behind a cold front
symbol. In front of this symbol, the table legs are set vertical.
Behind they are skewed at random angles, stylistically representing
the chaos of the storm as it moved across Melbourne.
Objects found on the ground where the trees once grew were collected,
sorted and cast into resin legs, referencing the urban origins of
the timber and the activities that occur in these parks.