Installation brings art to the street
A BRAND new element to this year’s Whitsunday Reef Festival was an outdoor photographic art installation titled ‘Light up the Reef’.
The installation was the brainchild of Reef Festival chairwoman Margie Murphy and artist in residence Boyd Ashton.
After nutting out the basics of creating a visual element to the festival, the pair were successful in obtaining a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant, resulting in ‘Light up the Reef’.
Mr Ashton approached photographers from the local area, including Tropix Photography, Videos Downunder and Shirley Wodson Photography, all of whom provided images that conveyed a sense of the reef. Himself a graphic artist and sign-writer, Mr Ashton then layered and applied many filters to the images, to create individual artworks that could be wrapped around the light poles on the Airlie Beach foreshore.
He also changed some of the images into a different format, for an art projection on the lookout wall at the Waterson Way roundabout.
Both Ms Murphy and Mr Ashton said feedback from the project had been really positive, making this a festival element on which to build in future years.
The 2014 art installation is part of a three-year plan to expand on introducing art throughout the festival and to bring to light our amazing reef.
The installation and projections will still be on show for two more days, finishing tomorrow (Friday, August 8).