Media Invitation: Public invited to help create a unique exhibition
  • Friday 10 April 2009

What: Interactive internationally renowned art exhibition

When: From Wednesday 15 April / Official opening 6.30pm Friday 17 April

Where: Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra

An internationally renowned exhibition will open at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery on Wednesday 15 April 2009 and you are invited to help create it.

Berlin-based Olafur Eliasson’s The cubic structural evolution project 2004, has been created from more than 300 kilograms of white Lego™ building blocks. The ‘hands on’ display invites visitors to make their own contribution by adding to or removing sections of the structural installation.

By inviting visitors to take part, the exhibit ends up being a constantly changing cityscape in miniature form.

The piece is a highlight of the Queensland’s Art Gallery’s international collection and it’s at Caloundra during April and May as part of a three-year tour of regional Queensland.

Since 2004, the exhibition has proved popular with more than 260,000 people of all ages having helped transform the pile of Lego™ into an ever-changing city skyline.

Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said Eliasson has been a pioneer in international installation art since the late 1990s.

“The cubic structural evolution project challenges the notion of art as an object not to be touched, and considers how we perceive and experience the world,” Mr Ellwood said.

“Like any contemporary city, his mini world grows and reduces over the course of the exhibition as children and adult audiences participate in the pulling down and rebuilding of the structure.”

Caloundra Regional Art Gallery’s Cultural Heritage and Collections Manager John Waldron said the exhibition is not just for kids.

“We are inviting people to come along and be part of the exhibition. Children of all ages are familiar with Lego and will enjoy being able to build the city of their dreams and I’m sure many adults will take part in it too,” Mr Waldron said.

“As visitors move through the gallery, the exhibition will ebb and flow with their participation, creating an ongoing, moving installation that is continually changing and offering limitless potential and possibilities.

“Eliasson was born in Denmark, the home of Lego, and he studied at the Danish Academy of Art between 1989 and 1995,” he said.

He has exhibited widely and recent major solo projects include: ‘The Shadow Studies’, Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland, 2007; ‘Your Light Shadow’, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan, 2005; ‘The Weather Project’, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2003; and ‘The Blind Pavilion’, 50th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2003, where he represented Denmark.

The cubic structural evolution project 2004 will feature at Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, the final venue on the tour, from 15 April – 31 May 2009.

The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm and is located at 22 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. Entry is free.