Giant reeds incorporating inflatable and solar power technology float gracefully on a lagoon.
Catching the wind, the reeds move - creating a kinetic dance with the breeze.
The works create dynamic, brightly coloured forms by day, and glowing ethereal floating lanterns by night.
Giant patterned reeds float in a lagoon, catching and moving to the wind, and illuminating at night with internal solar powered lighting.
The work has strong environmental themes. It is rated to 100kph winds, and all weather conditions.
Originally commissioned by the Wagga Wagga City Council with local Wiradjuri artist Owen Lyons, and shown at Wollundry Lagoon opposite the Wagga Wagga Cultural Precinct. The work was included by Create NSW in their "Public Art Tool Kit".
Creative Lead: Matthew Aberline
Consulting Creative: Maurice Goldberg
Textile Print / First Nations Artist: Owen Lyons
Consulting Engineer: Beta Engineering
Manufactured by: The Beautiful and Useful Studio
Textiles made from recycled PET polyester. Manufactured using 100% renewable electricity (Solar). Powered onsite using 100% solar power. Internal bladders designed to be recovered and reused. All polyester waste re-recycled onshore by Sealy.
There is opportunity to restage the existing work, or to redevelop the artwork (ie the textile art) using the existing staging system. There is the opportunity to incorporate a new collaborating artist.
The Beautiful and Useful Studio
Unit 2 / 414 Botany Rd, Beaconsfield NSW 2015