Hot on the heels of Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia project, this Sydney creative writing centre for kids needed to take them and their imaginations on a journey far beyond their ordinary lives. The Martian Embassy features everything from space architecture to a shop selling bite size oxygen and gravity in tin cans. Quite an escape.
What would a bank look like if it was designed to celebrate Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as opposed to meeting corporate guidelines? ANZ pushed the boat out, and gave their Darlinghurst brand a suitably fabulous make-over. Several frisky frescoes, gay penguins and a floral archway later…the GAYNZ branch was unveiled.
Written by TBWA, Melbourne Directed by The Glue Society
As years go by, our connection to historic events moves from survivors to images. For the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, an 8-hour performance was created to bring soldier’s stories back to life. It featured a re-enactment of a black-and-white image in city streets around New Zealand.
Written by DDB, Auckland Directed by The Glue Society
This brand of fernet, one of Argentina’s most popular drinks, always focusses on the number 1882. And in this film, we’re introduced to many anxious people battling their desire to chew on a pen cap or a fingernail.
Written by Madre, Buenos Aires Directed by The Glue Society
A seemingly strong and stable relationship can sometimes reach a point where the arrival of a single question can sow a seed of doubt or destruction. This artwork allowed the audience to explore this downfall in a literal way. By entering an ordinary looking house, visitors discovered this one rained on the inside. Continuously. At the beginning of the 30 day experience, it was relatively exciting. But after a few days, the deterioration was palpable. And the rot had set in.
When Google Earth splashed onto the scene, in an instant the world got a chance to see itself from a new perspective. And it was amazing how readily we accepted these images as gospel truth. It raised questions in our minds. What if satellite photography had been around in biblical times? How would we react to seeing the parting of the Red Sea, Noah’s ark, the garden of Eden and the crucifixion? Atheists said it proved their point. And extraordinarily, true believers said the same.
It’s one thing to take a plastic chair to the top of a mountain. But take a couple of hundred of them – and you get the chance to create something rather more magical than something to sit on. This series saw ordinary objects transformed into extraordinary artworks – inspired by how Kiwi water is turned into unique vodka.
Hot with the Chance of a Late Storm Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney
Many a child cried when this sculpture appeared at Tamarama beach. But the simple twist of making an entire ice-cream van melt all over the sand provided many more with the most potent climate change message imaginable. The work was even featured at the Paris Climate summit.
Would you go nude for the sake of art? What would it reveal to you and your partner? What would recreating the pose made famous by Rodin tell seven different couples about love, nudity and modern life?