Calling all Insta addicts and anyone who loves a healthy dose of culture and the arts. Festival 2018 and Bleach* Festival are in full swing and, by goodness, there are some serious eye-gasms in the mix. While one of the top things to do during the Commonwealth Games is hit the sporting action, the very next best offerings are shining a spotlight on the arts. And the greatest part? It will cost you nada.
From oversized sea urchins to mind-bending inflatable mazes, we’ve rounded up some winners that are totally worthy of a spot in your Insta feed.
Urchins—Radically Up-scaled Sea Urchins
What we’re predicting will be the Insta-brag shot of the Commonwealth Games, these hand-crotched sea urchins appear to defy gravity and were created by international artists, Choi+Shine Architects. Measuring three metres high by five metres wide and taking 60 local volunteers a staggering 12 months to make, the installation was curated by SWELL organisers and can be found floating around Surfers Paradise’s Appel Park through the duration of the Games. But it didn’t happen if you didn’t tag @urbanlistgc on Insta. Kapeesh?
Where: Appel Park, Surfers Paradise
Arboria—Giant Inflatable Labyrinth
Architects of Air are known for their mazes, which are essentially interactive inflatable sculptures, built with tunnels and passages that visitors can explore, and featuring light and sound effects. This particular maze is called Arboria and has been designed to emulate a forest. Popping up in Broadbeach's Kurrawa Park throughout the Commonwealth Games, expect dazzling light displays, leaf patterns, super modern tree-like structures and recordings from the Mindo cloud forest in Ecuador, all blended into a psychedelic dream that will set you frolicking and filling your phone’s photo gallery.
Where: Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach
Impulse—Illuminated Musical Seesaws
Permission to channel your inner kid on one of 15 illuminated, musical seesaws that have popped up along Surfers Paradise’s foreshore as part of Festival 2018. Having travelled to continents across the globe, the Commonwealth Games marks its first southern hemisphere appearance. An interactive playground created by Lateral Office and CS Design, Impulse is lighting up the beach and will make for many child-like laughs and fun fodder for your Insta stories.
Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Museum Of The Moon
For all those failed full moon photo attempts that have long been forgotten in the depths of your iPhone gallery, you’ll be stoked to learn Southport is playing host to a bright silvery moon that is not going anywhere. Dubbed Museum of the Moon and created by UK artist Luke Jerram, this oversized floating installation is a scale replica that measures seven metres wide, comes complete with detailed NASA imagery on its surface, a mesmerising space-inspired sound track, plus stories and mementos from its journey around the Earth. Hellllooo, #supermoon selfies.
Where: Chinatown, Southport (weather dependant)
If low-key community vibes are more your jam, and you’re doing everything in your power to avoid the crowds of Broadbeach and Surfers, you’ll wanna take note of Sealevel: The Art Of Awareness photography exhibit at Dust Temple, as part of Bleach* Festival. Ted Grambeau is one of the Coast’s most accomplished adventure and water photographers, so wander this eclectic creative space with a coffee in hand while admiring Ted’s personal life journey immersed in the ocean. Wanna learn more about Ted? On Wednesday 11 April, he’s hosting an intimate artist’s talk at Dust Temple where you can learn what the world looks like through his lens.
Where: Dust Temple, 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
Looking for more things to do during the Commonwealth Games? No doubt you’ll work up a hunger… good thing these guys have you covered.
Photo credit: GOLDOC