MIRAGE PROJECT [iceberg] is a stereoscopic photography installation that aims to inlay an iceberg from Antarctica into South Bank. Breaking free from the confines of the gallery, artist David Burrows opens the spatial relationship to larger issues of landscape, environment and architecture.
Viewers are positioned in the same spatial layout as the positions of the original photos. By walking from viewer to viewer you are in fact walking around an iceberg. The 3D photo in each viewer becomes a window onto a parallel world, interweaving this glorious ice monument into the fabric of the city.
The idea is to convey the extraordinary experience, sense of wonder and discovery inspired by getting up close to an iceberg. The Antarctic reality contrasts against the urban environment.
This artwork was made possible with the support of the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP). Since 1984 the AAP has taken creatives south to experience Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and the Southern Ocean and Australia’s activities there, so that they can communicate these unique first-hand experiences, insights and understanding to others.
David Burrows undertook post graduate studies at the esteemed French contemporary art institute Le Fresnoy National Studio. His artworks are represented in public and private collections around Australia.
Australia’s activities in Antarctica, from scientific research through to logistics and transport, are coordinated through the Australian Antarctic Program based in Hobart.
The AAP’s mission is to understand Antarctica and the Southern Ocean as the engine room for global climate. By studying the region, we can unlock the secrets of the past and predict future changes.
For more information: antarctica.gov.au
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