October 10, 2018
Contour 556 artist Gary Deirmendjian will respond to the public distress and delight expressed in reaction to his work ‘reach’ on the ABC radio Canberra breakfast program tomorrow morning. Located just off shore at Henry Rolland Park, ‘reach’ depicts a person’s hands reaching to the surface of Lake Burley Griffin. Whilst installing the work, Gary commented that passers-by “in fact loved being shocked by it. Everything from The Brothers Grimm to Harry Potter … it’s the zone that excites us most”.
The installation of suspended dish washing gloves enlivened by the movement of water, light and wind appears to have both excited and shaken viewers to the core with the public contacting emergency services and providing feedback to the contour 556 team. Tune in and listen to Gary speak about this work and his site-specific practice tomorrow morning on 101.5. Contour 556 is Canberra’s biennial public art festival, running from 5-28 October.
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