RMIT has partnered with Wonderment Walk Victoria to create Celestial Ground, a public artwork to be unveiled at Victoria Point apartments in Melbourne’s Docklands on 10 November.
The new artwork will be the third permanent installation by Wonderment Walk Victoria to promote art, science and knowledge throughout Melbourne and Victoria.
The stunning polished concrete and etched stainless steel artwork has been created by Colleen Boyle, an academic in the Centre for Art, Society and Transformation (CAST), part of RMIT’s School of Art.
Its folding geometric plates are loosely based on the geometric diagram for a form of carbon (C60) which has been found in space.
One third of the panels will be etched with an image of the constellations that can be viewed from the southern hemisphere.
Other panels will be polished to form mirrors – referencing the way telescopes allow us to look into outer space, but also how we look to the stars for self-reflection.
The sculpture will be installed in low-plinthed segments either side of the entrance to the apartments.
Boyle said: “Celestial Ground will provide locals and visitors alike with an opportunity to contemplate their place in the universe, an idea that has the capacity to unite people in a world that is currently threatened with division.”
Wonderment Walk was founded by philanthropist Eddie Kutner to create open-air galleries which excite and inspire, free and open to the public.
Kutner said: “We are thrilled that RMIT’s CAST has partnered with us to provide opportunities to Melbourne’s emerging artists.”
Celestial Ground launch event
Date: Thursday 10 November
Place: Victoria Point (corner of Bourke St and Harbour Esplanade, Docklands)
Wonderment Walk Victoria media enquiries: Deveta Patel at Zilla & Brook Publicity, (03) 9690 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RMIT media enquiries: David Glanz, (03) 9925 2807 or 0438 547 723.