A free program of activities and events to build excitement ahead of next month’s unveiling of the City’s Gateways installation HI-LIGHTS will kick off this weekend.
Bleached Arts and Relative Creative will deliver the Lo-Fi Exchange pop-up events, to be held from 17-25 February at the northern and southern ends of the Gold Coast.
The HI-LIGHTS installation is made up of two major public artworks that will ‘bookend’ the Gold Coast, creating a sense of arrival and welcome for locals, visitors and athletes during the Commonwealth Games. More than 155,000 people will see it every single day with it becoming a beacon of the vibrant cultural life on the Gold Coast.
The work, titled HI-LIGHTS, will feature 101 modified highway lights and poles, closely spaced at different heights. The lights will appear to spell out the city’s name in the northern installation and feature the letters GC at the southern site.
The Lo-Fi Exchange workshop series is suitable for all ages (yes, kids can join in too) and will be held across two locations. It encourages participants to think and talk about the Gold Coast’s history, identity and future through storytelling, art and design.
Co-curator and Bleach Festival artistic director Louise Bezzina, says the City Of Gold Coast’s free program was designed to unpack and celebrate the City’s exciting new bookends.
“With it set to become a postcard image of the Gold Coast, now’s the time to contemplate what it means to mark our city’s boundaries in this way, and to encourage community conversation about what we want the Gold Coast to be,” Louisa says.
Division11 councillor Hermann Vorster says the workshops are a great opportunity for locals to get familiar with the artwork through conversation about identity, sense of place and legacy.
“HI-LIGHTS will bookend the city perfectly and this is a great opportunity for people to get excited about the artwork which will no doubt become iconic features of the Gold Coast,” Hermann says.
The Lo-Fi Exchange workshops are on offer in the following locations:
Ormeau Community Centre & Skate Park
17 + 18 February 2018
10am – 2pm
South Kirra Surf Life Saving Club
24 + 25 February 2018
10am – 2pm
Workshops are suitable for kids and adults and are absolutely free – so we will definitely be checking them out!