An immersive suspended sculpture to welcome passengers in T1 International Arrivals of Perth Airport. The brightly coloured sculpture by Nike Savvas consists of a 5m x 5m grid with 525 suspended wetspray aluminium rods. As passengers travel from passport control, their perspective of the work alters and they are guided under the suspended rods towards baggage reclaim. The pop of colours within the space are uplifting and aims to rejuvenate passengers from their journeys.
The goals of public art within Perth Airport are to create a unique and memorable welcome to visitors and those returning to Western Australia. Specifically for this space an artwork that complimented the function of the space was necessary. The transient nature encouraged an immersive work that could be appreciated at a variety of focal points as passengers journey down to collect their bags. Due to the volume of numbers passing through this space, a suspended work was preferred. The artwork needed to offer a moment of joy for weary travellers and the colours enable this. The work was also required to respond to the site in regards to its positioning and use of
Since 2013 FORM has acted as art consultant for Perth Airport. To date 10 public artworks have been commissioned for the site including 'In Rainbows'. A selection of artists were shortlisted and proposed to Perth Airport with Nike Savvas' work being selected. In consultation with the Architects, Nikes project manager and fabricator, UAP, FORM has worked on previous projects
"In this work the rainbow signifies hope, renewal, marks a sense of place, and is relevant to the ‘now’ – of the moment. It adds a dynamic experience to the precinct as the viewer moves towards, around and under the work. In this they encounter multiple rainbows with different facets of discovery and experience.” – Nike Savvas
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