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Kate Dunn

Kate Dunn’s Endless Summer - Modelling Climate Change (2017) and Sydney Heatwaves (2016) are displayed as part of A Working Model of the World at LifeSpace.

Kate Dunn is an Australian artist and designer with a strong international research background. Working collaboratively, Dunn explores the relationship between design, architecture, robotics and science, her research examining hacking digital fabrication technologies to create new, sustainable models. Her recent exhibition at Sydney’s Macleay Museum comprised of a series of experimental three-dimensional printed models of climate change research made from recycled materials such as clay, coffee and waste wood.

Endless Summer - Modelling Climate Change, 2017
Made from biodegradable plastic, these 3D printed objects trace Sydney’s 2017 record-breaking heatwave. Using data from UNSW climate scientist Dr. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Dunn has created models representing data for the first 25 days in February, where the lower part represents previous heatwave thresholds and the upper part represents the new records set in 2017. The shelf depicts the coastline of Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Heatwaves, 2016
Conscious of the environmental impact of 3D printing, Kate Dunn works with atypical materials such as sugar, ceramic, and paper pulp to model scientific data. These models depict Sydney’s recorded temperatures in 1910, 1960, and 2015 and show how they have increased over the last century. The data was supplied by Dr. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW). They stand on laser-etched maps that record Sydney’s waterways.