NY artist’s interactive wings take flight
  • Friday 06 March 2015

Ten hours, 40 paint pens, three interviews, one panel discussion and a glass of champagne to celebrate!

This is what high profile New York City artist Kelsey Montague packed into one day while completing the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful interactive wings called #whatliftsyou.

More than 200 people filed through the doors of Caloundra Regional Gallery on the weekend and stood in awe of the ornate wings which were filled with Sunshine Coast icons.

Kelsey Montague said during her short time on the Sunshine Coast the community were so amazing and a beautiful group of people.

“I would like to thank everyone who dropped by to say hi while I was completing #whatliftsyou,” she said.

“The Sunshine Coast’s mural is a huge pair of angel wings that people can ‘step into’ and makes them happy and lifts them up.

“What I love about this interactive artwork is people can be creative by taking over the piece.

“They can make the piece their own and then share their images with their online community with the hashtag #whatliftsyou.”

Kelsey said the Sunshine Coast’s wings include iconic elements that represent the region.

“The left wing signifies the Coast and includes items such as a beach house, a pandanus tree, a whale, a surfer and the Caloundra lighthouse. The right wing includes a magnificent Bunya Pine, The Glass House Mountains and the Big Pineapple among other hidden elements,” she said.

“I am looking forward to people sharing their #whatliftsyou experience via Instagram and Facebook so I can stay connected with the community.”

While Kelsey was creating the Coast’s wings a group of keen Intagrammers gathered to collect fascinating photos from the Digital Disruption exhibition.

The group snapped hundreds of photos of projection and whimsical inventions including the colourful Pixel Mosaic installation by digital artist Mic Black which had been reprogrammed with its own set of angel wings for the day.

#whatliftsyou will be on display at Nambour Civic Centre from today Friday, March 6 until April 15.

Visit council’s gallery website to find out where this interactive artwork is going to ‘pop’ up next.

For more details on Kelsey Montague visit www.kelseymontagueart.com.