“Recent sightings of prehistoric reptiles swimming in the Brisbane River near the Goodwill Bridge have stirred excitement among curious locals. Passers-by claimed the creatures were up to 12 metres long with massive heads, short necks, powerful jaws and large teeth. Queensland Museum palaeontologists likened the descriptions to Pliosaurs, which lived in Australian waters more than 100 million years ago. A separate sighting of acclaimed Australian visual artist and projection wizard Craig Walsh may explain the mysterious re-appearances. By day, the strange river residents can be seen through the underwater surveillance cameras or lucky viewers can catch them playing in the water as they come closer to the surface at night”.
World Science Festival Brisbane has engaged celebrated visual artist Craig Walsh to develop a site-specific projection artwork as part of Curiocity Brisbane 2021.
Working alongside Queensland Museum’s award-winning palaeontology staff, Craig has created stylised, high-definition projections of prehistoric creatures known to have inhabited the Brisbane River (Maiwar) millions of years ago! The projection features a series of 3D animated sea creatures occupying the river – appearing to swim under the surface. The public artwork comes to life after dark, as creatures swim, dive and surface along the water, visible from the Goodwill Bridge. While the nocturnal creatures are most active at night, they can also be seen in the day on a screen projecting an underwater surveillance scene of the creatures during the day.
Artist Craig Walsh is known for his innovative approach to site-specific art and projection mapping in unconventional sites, with over 30 years of experience. His site-responsive works have animated natural environments, as well as urban and architectural spaces. The artist’s practice includes major public art commissions and collaborations with cultural institutions, festivals and communities.
Presented with Curiocity Brisbane.
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