Mount Jim – Magnetic Anomaly
Mt Jim, Victoria, Australia
Basalt formation, “Mt. Jim”, in remote north-east Victoria, Australia, has a magnetic anomaly - 20 degree magnetic compass variation - caused by a massive, yet unknown, submerged object.
This project created a series of hand drawings, maps, diagrams and sculptural works responding to the unique site.
Using compass measurements, markers, lighting, and long exposure photographic ‘night drawings’ the artist tried to visualize these abstract 3D magnetic forms.
This project was been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Mt Jim Loops, 2013
A map of the general shape of the Anomaly made with an 8 minute exposure. The drawing, about 30 metres in diameter, relates directly to the ground features. Indents in the drawing correspond to bushes and other landscape features.
Holding a small light on a long pole, the artist walked around marks made on site by day using compass and chalk to define the strongest magnetic variations.
The area of Bogong Alpine Park, showing the locality of Mt Jim and the magnetic anomaly
Showing the 20º magnetic variation from North in the centre of the anomaly
A sculptural work derived from the experience at Mt Jim, referring to the basalt topology and shape of the anomaly as sensed by the site research. Balsa wood, 30 x 30 x 6cm
mt jim anomaly from Cameron Robbins on Vimeo.