PROJECT Shanghai 2010 World Expo Artworks
LOCATION Shanghai, China
PROJECT TEAM Matthew Tobin, Jodie Cox, Stephen Shen, Jamie Perrow, Amanda Axiak, Daniel Clifford, Jason Bell, Jerko Starcevic
COMPLETION May 2010

UAP were selected from over 100 international tenders to design major sculptures for the eight main entrance areas of Shanghai World Expo 2010. Led by Matthew Tobin and Jamie Perrow, UAP’s in house design team have developed exuberant, inspiring and often playful concepts for these semi-permanent artworks which lead visitors to the Expo’s mesmerizing country pavilions.

Below are the preliminary images of the works.

The Shanghai World Expo concludes at the end of October 2010.

Celebration Fireworks – Initial Concept

Celebrate Installed. photo by Daniel Shih

Weave – Initial Concept

Weave – Installed


I FLY LIKE PAPER… | DAWN NG


Water Sky Garden at the Richmond Olympic Oval / Painted galvanized steel rings, TENARA® Architectural fiber, red painted cedar, water fountains / Image courtesy Janet Echelman, Inc. photo: Peter Vanderwarker

PROJECT Water Sky Garden
LOCATION
Richmond Olympic Oval, Vancouver, Canada
ARTIST Janet Echelman
COMPLETION June 2009

A public artwork commissioned for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games has become a permanent art environment for the people of Richmond, Vancouver. Water Sky Garden by internationally acclaimed artist Janet Echelman was created to activate and reshape the urban airspace surrounding the Richmond Olympic Oval, official venue for the Winter Games speed-skating events.  Echelman is well known for her distinctive suspended sculptures that move fluidly with the wind; and this design encompasses not only suspended artwork but every part of the landscape, from the red-stained cedar boardwalks through to water purifying aerators and native plant life.

The collaborative artwork project creates a contemplative art environment that encourages visitors to linger, and simultaneously serves as a wetland treatment pond, providing storm water retention, water quality treatment, and water storage for irrigation use. Water-purifying aerators draw shapes with bubbles on the surface of a pond that collects runoff water from the Ovals’ 5-acre roof, while suspended net-forms undulate overhead in the wind, becoming sky-lanterns during nighttime illumination.

The site-specific concept responds to the local community, which has a high representation of immigrants of Asian descent, by using references such as the choreography of a Dragon Dance in the shape of the boardwalk; and the large scale suspended artwork relates symbolically with the local native Musqueam Band traditional net fishing practices. This project was managed by the City of Richmond Public Art Program and achieved through Echelman’s collaboration with a team of internationally award-winning architects, engineers, lighting and water consultants, landscape architects and fabricators.


Water Sky Garden at the Richmond Olympic Oval / Painted galvanized steel rings, TENARA® Architectural fiber, red painted cedar, water fountains / Image courtesy Janet Echelman, Inc. photo: Peter Vanderwarker


Water Sky Garden at the Richmond Olympic Oval / Painted galvanized steel rings, TENARA® Architectural fiber, red painted cedar, water fountains / Image courtesy Janet Echelman, Inc. photo: Peter Vanderwarker

DESIGN TEAM
Janet Echelman, artist
Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden, architects and urbanistes
Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg, landscape architecture
Fast + Epp, structural engineering
Buro Happold, net engineering
Peter Heppel Associates, aeronautical engineering
Speranza Architecture, consultant
Cole Brown Henry Consulting, public art consultants
Vince Helton and Associates, fountain mechanical
Joseph Scott, lighting design

More information: www.echelman.com


Vivid Sydney 2010 / Laurie Anderson’s ‘Lighting the Sails’ / Artist Impression

EVENT Vivid Sydney
LOCATION Sydney, Australia
CURATOR Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson
DURATION
27 May – 21 June, 2010

Vivid Sydney opened last week with a signature show of artist-designed projections lighting up the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

This is the second annual Vivid Sydney and features Vivid Live at Sydney Opera House co-curated by legendary US rock musician Lou Reed and internationally acclaimed performance artist Laurie Anderson as well large scale light installations and projections; music performances and creative forums.


Last year’s inaugural event / Vivid Sydney 2009 / Brian Eno’s ‘Lighting the Sails’ / photographer David Clare