Bluster Town -- Public Art Project: Dynamic Screen Language for Public Art Design

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Abstract

Bluster Town is an effervescent 'public poetry' display that stipples across the entire Wynscreen surface. Not only a text work, Bluster Town also functions abstractly, as a glistening pattern-piece that enlivens the 20-metre screen with its active lustre. The guiding idea of the display comes from how Sydney and its transport systems offer delights to the eye. The display evokes the glittering of Harbour-water appreciated from ferries, the shimmer of leaves blowing along streets and rail tracks in autumn bluster, and the flickering cabin-lights in passing trains, light rail and buses.  
Creating its alluring visual patterns, Bluster Town enhances the surrounding urban design of the Clarence St entrance to Wynyard Station by gently animating verbal expressions that evoke the beauty, poignancy and dynamics of the Sydney environment. It presents an extensive, twinkling display made from hundreds of animated LED-text statements that speak of the emotions, weather, people, modes of mobility, landscapes, waterscapes, compulsions and aspirations that galvanise the sparkling city of Sydney. The checkerboard of stippling, circulating texts not only make sense poignantly and often paradoxically within themselves as they loop, but they also make sense relationally with one another as the viewer scans across the array of dozens of statements smattered across the screen.
The texts evoke the sensory intensities of Sydney places as well as the various historical time-settings that one can sense when traveling across the Sydney landscape in trains, buses, ferries and light rail. The words are designed to fizz and sparkle like snapshot glimpses of the city’s reverie. Among the texts, there is also an underlying, insistent 'map' of indigenous place names that show how the world’s oldest continuous culture, with its vivacity and sensitivity to the spirit of the location, still energises the city today
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherNSW Government
Media of outputFilm
Size60 Minutes
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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