Client: CICERO PROJECT PTY LTD – 102 WILLIAM STREET HOTEL DEVELOPMENT. NORTHBRIDGE. PERTH WA
BLUE SUN is a 3.2 meter (OD) truncated tetrahedral glowing blue loop that will cantilever outwards from the William's Street Hotel on the corner of the east and the north elevation. It will float two stories (6 meters) above Lock Laneway employing its tetrahedral geometry to make it structurally neutral. The work will consist off a combination of blue facetted anodized aluminum nodes and LED illuminated (UV stable) coloured polycarbonate tubes. The sculptures interior void space and colour is designed to create an impression of lightness; the work will appear to be floating upwards towards the sky – hovering – like a geometric halo – paused in motion just above the laneway.
The works location in relation to the proposed hotel and the surrounding infrastructure employs a visual language that emphasizes the buildings concrete mass and physical scale as a method to artificially fabricate the artworks illusionary lightness. This illusion is then aesthetically reinforced through the discrete design of the support plate that affixes the artwork seamlessly to the buildings wall. The support plate's design has been conceived to create a perfect structurally sound cantilever outwards from the building without the need for additional unsightly and distracting support poles or wires. The plate's clean 'invisible join' is an essential ingredient in the visual language that allows the artwork to appear as though it is floating mysteriously next to the building and above the laneway.
During the daylight hours the sculptures saturated hue; its vibrant geometry of blue plastic tubes and aluminum nodes will activate the laneway by stimulating passing pedestrians curiosity, catching their attention – tempting them to discover a new part of their city by enticing them into the laneway to investigate the alien object. Upon closer inspection the works position above the laneway will draw the audience's eye upwards towards the sky, visually framing a section of the sky to create an unexplained viewing portal. As the viewers gaze returns to earth it is then further stimulated by the sculptures complex tetrahedral shadow projected upon the walls and ground plane of the laneway. This constantly evolving shadow pattern will reflect and map the suns movement across the sky.
At night the sculpture will transform the once shadowy laneway into a mysterious mind-bending spectacle by creating an otherworldly atmosphere saturated in an ocean of pure blue light. A micro synthetic Aurora Borealis specific to lock lane that will draw crowds towards its hypnotic and mesmerizing centre, inviting the people of Perth to bathe in the cool, calm, tranquility that is the Blue Sun. This allegorical sun or impossible hovering loop borrows its history from the Modernist Utopian dream and its geometry from the atomic structure of carbon to create an open-ended artwork for contemplation and consideration. It's a work that alludes to the unknowable and infinite otherness through the staging of an abstract science fiction floating just around the next corner but still beyond our reach.