Sacrilege is another work of art and ingenuity featured in the Sydney Festival 2014.
It revives the monumental Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England but this time to be enjoyed by the young and old, recreated as a life-size inflatable castle– with everyone invited to have a bounce, free.
When we were here last Sunday, a long queue of interested people, young and old who would like to try to bounce into it was already formed and the time was getting close to noon time yet the entry point was still close. Because of this queue and like other people who can’t wait, we decided to just take pictures of it, not bad anyway since no kids yet were on the run bouncing up and down except for those guys in charge of the fun going around of it, perhaps checking out if inflation is well up for enjoyment.
This is a new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has become a contemporary art feel-good hit, a family friendly collision of history and art, and just like the Luminarium, it’s another piece of art that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Exxopolis is the title given to this massive inflatable sculpture which is the most recent creation from the world renowned U.K. based designers of inflatable walk-in sculptures, Architects of Air.
We were one of the many enthusiasts or people who were curious to know what’s inside this Luminarium. Luminairum is the name given by the Architects of Air to this inflatable structure that consists of a maze of tunnels and spacious domes that contain light. Because it’s summer time, some air conditioning equipment kept it up to a temperature tolerable inside this sculpture. There was a long queue and it took us about almost an hour until we were called to get in.
Right at the first gate a lady explained to us what the inflatable maze is all about and told us to enjoy the sculpture and that we have twenty minutes to do so. The first sight we came into is indeed surprisingly awesome – different colors blended or resonated into an enchanted color of light to the astonishment of the people.
As we went further inside, we arrived at a bigger dome they call “Cupola” which is the centre piece, very spacious that you can lie down, and enjoy. That was definitely a creation unique in style because people felt the sense of wonders, how they transform faces and clothing, some explored the maze immersing them in radiant color.
From the ladies story, the sculpture has a span of 53m in length and nearly nine metres in height, and occupies a space the size of half a football field and is constructed using 3,000 square meters of plastic in 9,000 different pieces joined by six kilometers of seams. Originally, it took 55 people six months to build, yet can be erected in as little as four hours and inflated in just 20 minutes. Imagine that … amazing, right?
The Luminarium is the attraction at the foreground of the Opera House in Sydney and will be there until the end of the Sydney Festival, January 27.
This was our third time to witness sand sculpting competition here in Winsor, New South Wales, the historic town at the foot of the Blue Mountains; it is also the third time it was held here.
The theme of the competition this year is “The Lost World”.
We went here on the 29th of December, the day the finished sand sculptures were to be judged. But we still saw most of the sculptors still laying finishing touches to their own works. At around half passed ten in the morning when I heard the program coordinator announcing to all participating sculptors that their time was up, and to a couple of sculptors I saw still fixing their works I heard one of them say that the rulings were so strict. I think they got limited times, the four days allotted for them was really not that enough to finish a good quality sand sculpting work.
There were still heaps of people patronizing the competition in spite of the fact that entry fees gone up a couple of dollars. Around ninety percent of sand sculptors were the competitors for the last two years here at Winsor, and likewise most of them were Europeans, Americans, and Australian. Children’s activities include sand art, sand bottles, giant sand pit, plus the new activities including sand pens, the sand digger and the Lego play zone.
Again, People were allowed to vote for their favourite sculpture with the People’s Choice winner to be announced on Australia Day – 26th January 2014.
The photos of the individual entries or works to this competition are all in my photo gallery at the sidebar.
For the 17th year, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, at Bondi, was back again. But this was my first time to witness such an exhibition because the advertisement at this time reached that far and wide in New South Wales, and it was effective. I witnessed the multitude of people rushing at the bus and train stations eager to ride and reach Bondi the soonest, and then at Bondi car parks were full, too.
The spectacular sculptures were spread out from Bondi to the Tamarama coastal walk in a two kilometer stretch featuring over a hundred works by artists from Australia and across the world. Because of the huge number of people, crowds, cramped walkways, blocked stairways were the results and taking photos were quite difficult especially if a sculpture attracts people’s attention and deemed good for photography. To view them all, one must be fit enough to walk up and down the coastal walkways for the two kilometer display and had applied sun screen to their exposed body parts to the sun, for at that day was hot above thirty degrees centigrade. The exhibition was held last 24 October – 10 November 2013.
It was our second year to attend the International Sand sculpting Championship held in Winsor, New South Wales, the first one was last year.
Last year, all the entries to the championship show was already done and ready for public viewing and judgement but this year it wasn’t due to bad weather, and so when it was now the time for all the entries for public viewing, most of them were still in the act of being completed by their respective sculptors or artists. I voted for the entry (above photo) to win but after judgement day, it didn’t get any place, and the photo below got the first place instead. With a passion for arts I admire and salute the sculptors especially those whose entries got awards and recognition in the competition. There were two Australians sculptors and all the rest were Europeans and Americans. By the way, the girl in the above photo is an American sculptor.
There are more photos in my photo gallery, you can view them at the sidebar.