NAS at Vivid

Aly Indermühle and Jamie Bastoli both have light works displayed as part of the Vivid festival in the Rocks and around Circular Quay.

Aly Indermühle
Location: Campbell's Cove
27 May – 18 June

Horizon explores the subtle interaction between audience, light and space, breaking down the viewing barriers of a sandstone wall to reveal a window into an alternative landscape. The installation presents as a painting of an arid central-desert landscape, reaching into the distance like a mirage. The sense of horizon is captured by a series of vertical lights, lined up along the wall and which graduate in colour from blue to reds and oranges.

The sandstone blocks of the wall lend warm rich tones and texture and the illusion of a vibrant blue sky reaches deep into the night and reminds the viewer that there is a natural beauty to the unique light of this country. As immigrants to Australia, the Indermühles have been greatly influenced by the natural beauty that exists in urban areas, the bush and outback regions. After living on a small farm deep in the heart of remote New South Wales for several years, their relocation to the city has left them with lasting memories of remarkable sunsets, sunrises, and skies so blue they never ceased to amaze.

Combining Aly’s artistic imagination and Balthasar’s scientific background, the pair have created a work that is aesthetically beautiful and seeks to accurately represent the wonder of the natural light that inspires them.

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Jamie Bastoli
Location: The Rocks
27 May – 18 June

NAS Alumna Jamie Bastoli has joined artists Sean Virili, Justin Hartany and Matt Fung to create Tectonic. Tonic water, bottles and elbow grease are the key ingredients to powering this beautiful and sustainable lighting installation suspended above a Sydney laneway. The constantly moving, luminescent form is constructed of 1500 upcycled PET bottles filled with tonic water. The quinine in the tonic interacts with invisible ultraviolet rays to emit a glowing blue light at night.

This is the second iteration of the sculpture: a smaller prototype was developed in 2014 and proved the functionality and reliability of the technology. The artists have taken the 2016 version further, making the sculpture much bigger—with the design now consuming 150 litres of tonic water—and consequently emitting a much stronger and brighter luminescence.

The presence of any airflow provides a subtle yet uninterrupted oscillation for the sculpture. Relying on its environment, the constant motion of the bottles makes for a beautiful undulating effect, allowing the suspended features to engage in movement throughout the duration of its commission, without being powered. All materials used in the production of the installation, including the 1500 PET bottles, can either be fully recycled or are biodegradable, while the energy consumption is kept at a bare minimum by the use of LED technology.

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Image: Aly Indermühle and Balthasar Indermühle, Horizon 2016. Image courtesy the artists and Vivid.