Creative art installations transform city landmarks

October 4, 2017 by  

Chermside residents who travel into nearby Brisbane city regularly have been experiencing a new temporary art installation at the Spring Hill Reservoir, the first of two creations destined for key city landmark locations.

McCarthy-Swann Projects was given the task to transform both the Queen Street Mall and historic Spring Hill Reservoir using light and air into two separate ephemeral art installations, titled The Weight of Light and The Size of Air.

The company is working in conjunction with Brisbane City Council for the project, which is aimed at transforming Brisbane’s public spaces and laneways with artistic activations.

The work to turn the familiar city backdrops into places of beauty, wonder and fascination has been made possible by large-scale versions of immersive art installations created by contemporary artists Kinly Grey and Meagan Streader.

The Spring Hill Reservoir, which is heritage-listed, assumed a futuristic form following the installation of The Weight of Light, created by Streader, which saw its architectural features framed by electroluminescent wire.

The Size of Air, created by Grey will feature in the Queen Street Mall from October 25 to 27 and will come in the form of a pop-up cube.

Both city landmarks have been featured many times as part of local postcard and brochure printing, but these latest innovations have been described by McCarthy-Swann Projects’ Kieran Swann as urban activations that would transform the individual icons through contemporary, inventive visions together with distinct local character.