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Port in a Storm

Published by LCI Education, September 1st, 2015

In an ambitious new public art project the Academy of Design Australia and The City of Port Philip will launch a bold new initiative this evening Friday 14 August at Station Pier at 6pm. The project named “Port in a Storm” will see Academy staff and students convert 6 massive shipping containers into larger than life light-box installations.

Led by Academy of Design Leaders Michael Peck Carlo Pagoda, the dynamic project will embrace the changing weather conditions at station pier as well as celebrating Melbourne’s rich cultural heritage and the pier’s historical role as a gateway for new immigrants and goods. The installation will reflect Melbourne’s history as a sanctuary for new arrivals and the legacy of inclusion and acceptance that has helped weave our intricate lattice of culture and experience. 

During the daytime the outside of the containers will display a mural made up of cultural patterns and text. At night the containers doors will be opened to reveal patterned screens, back-lit by slow moving, pulsing lights. These “Light Houses” will present a dynamic and changing installation and offer a sanctuary of art and culture for the duration of the project. The exhibition will be on display 14 August – 11 September.