A public art installation - which incorporates industrial design, augmented reality, art and storytelling - encourages visitors to engage with the installation, explore a story trail and sit down, slow down and take in the view.
Circular seats, rising 2m tall, are dotted from Torquay to Apollo Bay. Incorporating individually painted works by local artists, painted in a palette which reflects the Great Ocean Road and its environment, the artwork aims to contribute to the experience of visiting the towns along the road, whilst providing an Instagrammable opportunity.
"An extension to commemorate the centennial and focus on the importance of mindfulness, the public art project aims to encourage visitors to sit down, slow down and relax in their environment, and perhaps learn a little more about their surrounding space.”
The circular bench seat design holds significance to the nature of the region itself, representing the cyclical nature that sees many return to the region for enjoyment, lifestyle, growth or to simply take it all in.
Visitors are invited to activate QR beacons integrated into the installations and along the QR Trail connecting to educational information about the location, and, at key points of interest, engage with Augmented Reality pieces, long beyond the lifetime of the event.
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Norm Jurrawaa Stanley is a Kurnai / Wotjabaluk musician, artist and storyteller who was born on and still lives, works and plays on Wathaurong Country.
He has worked in many areas, but teaching his culture is his passion. Norm follows in the footsteps of his ancestors by sharing the stories of land, life and culture through the many different art forms he practises.
Sisca Verwoert's paintings bring together elements of the Otway Ranges with a heightened colour palette and simplification of landmass, vegetation and ocean that presents the atmospheric buzz of a region that is close to our hearts.
This group of paintings continues this development: the subjects dense, my relations to the land whimsical, with strange marine and bird life beginning to emerge.
Karlijn Sas was born in the Netherlands and worked in the arts field as a curator of visual arts exhibitions and as a programmer for art house film in Belgium. She prefers art that offers the viewer the freedom to interpret.
Karlijn moved to Australia in 2014 and runs the social enterprise of the Conservation Ecology Centre, raising funds for conservation in the Otways. Living in a natural environment greatly influences her painting practice.