Forecast for South Bank: cloudy with a chance of icebergs
Curiocity Brisbane returns this winter to energise the cultural heart of Brisbane city with a world of discovery over 17 days of immersive science, art and technology, inspiring curious minds of all ages.
Award winning artists, scientists, engineers, designers, students and storytellers have created 20 physical and digital installations, known as Curiocity Artworks, that will challenge and delight visitors of all ages.
Strolling around South Bank’s iconic Streets Beach this winter holiday might feel a little chillier than usual when Curiocity Brisbane 2022 artwork the Mirage Project [iceberg] is on display from 24 June to 10 July.
The artwork invites visitors to use stereoscopic viewing stations positioned around Streets Beach. The clever 3D photographic installation is designed to look like its creators have shipped an iceberg from Antarctica to South Bank. When you move from one viewer to the next, you will be walking around the iceberg.
The Mirage Project [iceberg] was inspired by artist David Burrows’ time in Antarctica during an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship with the Australian Antarctic Program. David travelled to Casey research station which is perched on the edge of the massive Antarctic ice cap in an area of the low, rocky Windmill Islands and peninsulas. It is an awe-inspiring site of large moss beds, and the surrounding islands are home to tens of thousands of birds.
During his stay in this unique landscape, David focussed on capturing the essence of an Antarctic iceberg. And now, during Curiocity Brisbane 2022, the Mirage Project [iceberg] artwork invites visitors to South Bank to experience this parallel Antarctic world for themselves.
The Australian Antarctic Program has taken creatives south to experience Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and the Southern Ocean and Australia’s activities there since 1984. These talented fellowship artists can then communicate their first-hand experiences, insights and understanding to fellow Australians as well as audiences overseas. Collaborations like these embody the very spirit of Curiocity Brisbane – celebrating the nexus between science, art and technology.
The Mirage Project [iceberg] was made possible with the support of the Australian Antarctic Program. Image courtesy of Australian Antarctic Division.