neons | Geneva

21 January, 2011


Christian Jankowski / ‘What I still have to take care of’ / 2008 / Photo by Serge Fruehauf

PROJECT The Neons Project
LOCATION Plaine de Plainpalais, Geneva, Switzerland
ORGANISERS Contemporary Art Funds and the City of Geneva
YEAR Since 2007

The centrally located Plaine de Plainpalais is a popular marketplace and public square in Geneva. Its diamond shape points towards the nearby lake waterfront, known for the spectacular reflections the surrounding lights make in the lake’s surface.

The Neons Project, funded by the City of Geneva and various Contemporary Public Art Funds, has commissioned two neon artworks on the rooftops of Plaine de Plainpalais each year for the last three years. Artists are selected from an annual competition, which has extended its bounds each year, and this year is open to international submissions.

While the artworks vary greatly in concept, form and treatment of the medium, each is a site-specific exploration of contemporary issues. They echo the aesthetic of the lakeside’s corporate neon signage in a language of culture and art.

For more details on submission to this year’s competition, visit: The Neons Project


Nic Hess / ‘Fly a dragon kite’ / 2009 / Photos by Serge Fruehauf (L) & Nic Hess (R)


Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster / ‘EXPODROME’ / 2008 / Photos by  Serge Fruehauf


Sislej Xhafa / ‘Axis of silence’ / 2009 / Photo by  Serge Fruehauf

Nic Hess / ‘Fly a dragon kite’ / 2009 / Photo by Serge Fruehauf

Urban Art Projects has won The Optus Platinum Award at the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards (LMBA) Gala Dinner.

As well as taking out the most coveted award in the LMBA program, Urban Art Projects (UAP) won the Nova 106.9 Award for Business Creativity, one of seven business award categories.

Managed by Brisbane Marketing, the award winners were announced by Lord Mayor Campbell Newman at the annual Gala Dinner, held in the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The judging panel of four paid tribute to UAP for its commitment to building Brisbane’s creative industries and contributing to the city’s global competitiveness by exporting its innovative products and expanding its offices in international markets.

Accepting the Platinum and Business Creativity Awards from Lord Mayor Campbell Newman was Mr Ben Tait, CEO of UAP.

Ben Tait said UAP entered the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards – Business Creativity category to highlight the company’s investment in creativity and our success locally and abroad driven from our Brisbane headquarters.

“Winning a LMBA will not only provide a great opportunity to showcase UAP as a leading creative and innovative business, but also encourage our team to reflect on the success we have experienced to date,” Mr Ben Tait said.

“Brisbane’s creative industries are amongst the best in the world, filled not only with creative but innovative and hard working contributors, many of which we are privileged to have shared successful outcomes within the built environment locally and abroad.

“Brisbane is home for UAP and will always be our headquarters.”

Emerging artists may be interested in entering the Clayton Utz LAUNCH Art Award 2010. Further info here.