Sign of the Times

Renowned artists, farmers and conservationists, James Darling and Lesley Forwood utilise their art to draw attention to environmental concerns. Darling and Forwood are well-known for their striking sculptures of tonnes of tightly-interlocking Mallee roots which have been preserved from early clearing days on their farm, Duck Island, in south-east South Australia, where they moved in 1976. The artists were inspired to use this material, borne of gentle, non-intrusive land-clearing, to build forms linking nature with mankind. In doing so, they seek to direct attention to the power, beauty, productivity and wonder of the natural world, as well as its fragility.

The most recent body of work, SIGN OF THE TIMES, is concerned with radiation and presents a combination of installation and photography. James Darling and Lesley Forwood’s Mallee root installations have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Singapore, and Japan.

This is a time-lapse and video documentation of James Darling and Lesley Forwood creating their installation at Hugo Michell Gallery.

'International radiation sign' is constructed from over 5 tonnes of Mallee roots and over 100kg of Japanese rice.


Radiation is a universal and evolutionary presence.

It can kill and it can cure.

Radiation alerts us to the paradoxical world in which we live.

Human use of radiation is inevitably a calculated risk.

As our dependence on technology escalates, so do the risks.

Understanding those risks is a personal and political imperative.


SIGN OF THE TIMES was dedicated to Rhonda Kellock (1962 – 2014)

4 September - 11 October 2014.

See below link to Hugo Michell Gallery for more images and information of this exhibition and many others: