Ever felt concerned that your contribution to the world might be too small to make a difference? Join us this month at Australia's flagship regional arts festival for Garden of Earthly Delights, a giant, interactive artwork that visualises and empowers community action on the environment.
We've teamed up with electronic artist and creative technologist, Pierre Proske, and illustrator, Sarah Catherine Firth, to create this playful, virtual gardening exercise. Over the course of 10 days, festival goers in Castlemaine, Victoria will be invited to plant their 'seeds of change' and witness as a flowering vine takes over a local municipal building.
With generous support from the Hub Foundation and the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group, the project also showcases the achievements of local environmental organisations working towards a zero emissions shire. Check the Castlemaine State Festival's program for interaction times.
garden of earthly delights:
18-25 March, castlemaine state festival
Photo by Matthew Stanton and City of Melbourne
The Green Transfer: a green building talks!
Last week we attended the launch of the very first commission we co-designed back in 2012: The 1200 Buildings Public Art Commission. The Green Transfer was the winning design that emerged in response to a unique collaboration between Public Art Melbourne and the City's energy efficient buildings program.
Following heroic efforts over a number of years by the City of Melbourne and partners ARUP and Synergetics Engineering, demonstrating a worthy commitment to art and sustainability, this innovative experiment in urban informatics now adorns the facade of Positive Energy Places at 490 Spencer Street. Each day the screen, composed of 560 solar-powered pixels made from old street signs, changes shape, communicating the environmental performance of the building.