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Fieldwork exhibition

Wednesday night saw the gallery opening for Fieldwork, a public art project that we've been following with our cameras for the past six months.

Fieldwork is the 'work' of Ben Morieson, a Melbourne based artist who nursed a crop of sunflowers into bloom in a Melbourne industrial backlot.

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After four months of clearing, sowing, watering and generally tapping of the foot, the field came into bloom in mid January. Since then, the flowers have garnered their fair share of attention across national news networks, newspapers and the Instagram selfie network. If you've been following our twitter feed, you've probably seen a few sneak peaks of this project as well.

When we came on board there was no field, just an abandoned backlot where an old spring factory once stood. The uneven ground was covered in a patchwork of weeds, junk and scrap metal. As we filmed Ben walking the field's miserable perimeter, we were doubtful whether we would ever get the chance to film a sunflower at all.

Yet, as the field was steadily transformed over the following months, the project began to take the energy of a wider cast of characters. Over the next five months we spent a great deal of time in the dirt, waiting for seeds to sprout, for sprouts to take height, and finally for flowers to bloom.

We were helped out along the way by some generosity from the guys at Ben's Camera Hire for a Movi rig, as well as CopterCam for some lovely drone aircraft photography. 

But mostly thanks to Ben for his endless enthusiasm, positivity and willingness to go along with any crazy idea we had along the way.

The Fieldwork video exhibition runs until March 14th at RMIT School of Art Gallery (Building 2) in the Melbourne CBD. 

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