Environmental artist Ned Khan has been commissioned to transform the façade of Anthony John Group’s $600m Southpoint development into one of Australia’s largest public art installations.
The yet-to-be-named piece, which on completion will measure over 3,800 square metres, is set to unite the three towers that comprise the development via a spectacular kinetic screen.
Thousands of tiny panels of extruded aluminium in four different metallic tones will be placed within specified pixel layouts, with every panel able to move independently to complete the vision for a wind-responsive artwork that reflects light.
Drawing inspiration from nature and the local landscape–in this case interpreting the afternoon light that turns the Brisbane river from daytime brown into shiny and reflective bronze, gold and silver tones – Khan seeks to manifest nature in an urban setting.
“I’ve always looked at my artworks as potentially serving as reminders of how beautiful and mysterious nature is, with the hope that when people have an experience of awe while watching a natural process unfold, it can fuel their compassion towards the natural world.
"I’ve tried to create an art that gives people a chance to have this kind of experience,” said Mr Khan.
Anthony John Group Managing Director Tony John said the selection of Kahn for this significant commission speaks to the ambition of Southpoint and how developers can realise the benefits gained from the integration of public art into building design.
“We are passionate believers in visually and environmentally sustainable design, ensuring our developments positively enhancing the character of its surrounding environment now and for many years to come," he said.
“Being positioned in Queensland’s arts and cultural heart, we wanted Southpoint to be, not simply three towers on what is the last piece of land to be developed in South Bank, but a tribute to the location–in itself a work of art.
"This kinetic screen is set to be a powerful cultural contribution to Brisbane that supports our position as Australia’s New World City.”
Installation of the façade has commenced and is scheduled for full completion in late 2017.