In­stal­la­tion brings art to the street

Whitsunday Times - - 2014 WHITSUNDAY REEF FESTIVAL -

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).

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