Kooyoo Street Set To Be Illuminated
Thursday, 29 Apr 2021Kooyoo Street is set to take on a whole new look and feel throughout Street Scapes, particularly at night when a series of animations take centre stage.
Council's Project Planner, Mr Nathan Beer, said when concepts were being discussed for the festival, the team wanted to ensure the street was brought to life through accenting the turn of the century architecture throughout Griffith.
"Early on in the discussions it was decided to use projections to not only engage with the community, but to highlight the buildings in the CBD - in utilising Kooyoo Street, we selected the Westpac building which is a great example of early rural colonial architecture," said Mr Beer.
"Working with regional animators from Wagga Wagga, we hope to be able to capture the rural character and unique lives and translate this into dynamic and engaging artworks."
Alice Peacock Animation & Motion Design was contracted to create a series of animations which will be projected throughout Kooyoo Street for the duration of Street Scapes.
Born and raised in Leeton, the Wagga Wagga based artist specialises in animation and motion design and is passionate about bringing the creative arts to rural and regional communities.
"This project was particularly important in that we have an opportunity to contribute to and support a thriving arts ecosystem," said Ms Peacock.
"The projections were created by a collective of regionally based photographers, animators, illustrators, film makers, sound designers and sculptors who all share a common interest in the way in which the respond to place," said Ms Peacock.
"It was important to us to immerse ourselves in the Griffith community to understand the culture and history of the town. As a collective, we believe in the importance of understanding a place from the perspective of local voices, and having this come through in our work to make it a more meaningful experience."
Council has invested in the projection equipment which will enable Council and partners to deploy showstopping projections, outdoor cinemas, artworks and events into the future.
"Street Scapes is all about place activation and these projections will transform the once bland Kooyoo Street environment into a vivid and exciting space for all to enjoy," said Mr Beer.
"This pilot program is just the first event of many and plan to use the equipment to empower our local technicians and event organisers to host world class events, driving tourism and letting people know there is more to Griffith than meets the eye."
Griffith Mayor Councillor John Dal Broi said he is thrilled Council can not only host events such as this, but also provide the facilities to encourage other operators to step out of the box and create their own events into the future.
"Griffith has experienced high visitor numbers over the last few years, and we feel by providing the resources we can partner with other businesses to take advantage of that momentum," he said.
The Kooyoo Street projection art will commence on Sunday 9 May and continue through until Saturday 29 May.
Above: Alice Peacock's 'Digital Odyssey' featured at Vivid, 2019.
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