Art & About Sydney 2011

23 September – 23 October 2011:
It’s Art & About’s 10th anniversary this year as the City of Sydney’s annual celebration of public art. During the next four weeks we can enjoy art installations, performances and exhibitions in our streets and public spaces.

Friday Night’s Free Festival Launch at Martin Place, CBD: 23 September 2011, 5.00pm-9.00pm
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Feature Exhibtions include “Laneways“, curated to inject a fresh dose of inspiration an magic into our city’s backstreets. Take a wander and discover seven of the most exciting projects to date by Australian and International artists and curators for this, the fifth instalment of Laneway Art.

Flying high above the heart of the city, Tsunami 1.26. is a gigantic arerial net installation by acclaimed American artist Janet Echelman. This spectacular vision is one of the works from the Powerhouse Museum’s new Love Lace exhibition, and combines ancient craft practice with cutting-edge technology to create an oasis of sculpture delicate enough to be choreographed by the wind. Netted with a high tensile rope, 15 times stronger than steel in weight, and lit by changing coloured lights, Tsunami is inspired by the events that unfolded following the 2010 Chile earthquake. Using a 3D model of the 2010 tsunami, and software to create an outline of the model’s higher amplitude area, Echelman created her sculptural form, with machine-knotted mesh revealing the intricacy of traditional netting.

Unguarded Moments at makes faces from the past were visible again, watching us in our streets and laneways. Sourced from archival documentary footage, intimate portraits of past residents and workers are projected onto the walls and buildings of Millers Point, capturing the fleeting nature of life and the dramatic changes that have occurred to this historic precinct.

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