Art Installations

The Harp of the City by Joseph Burgess & Joshua Wilkinson

As seen at VIVID Sydney 2019, The Harp of the City will be showcased along the Surfers Paradise beachfront during the course of Sand Safari Arts Festival. Designed by Artists Joseph Burgess and Joshua Wilkinson, each harp is completely unique, carved by hand out of wood, giving each instrument its own character, reflecting in both form and sound.

Each of the harps’ six strings produces a different musical phrase and sympathetic response by using single coil guitar pick ups and reactive LED lighting. The Harp of the City is an installation that brings the experience of jamming to people of all ages.

Joshua Wilkinson (pictured left)  is an internationally awarded sound designer and owner of Burrow recording studio. He has worked in studios from New York, to Reykjavik.

Not content with the confines of the studio, Joshua’s recent work has brought together his experience in interactive design with large scale festival installations. He has created sound installations for Australia’s largest festivals including Vivid Sydney, Woodford Folk Festival Fire Event (QLD), Botanica Festival (QLD), Burning Seed (NSW) and Modifyre festival (QLD).

Joseph Burgess (pictured right) is an animator and multidisciplinary artist: Hailing from Portland, Oregon. He works in Australia as a tech and all rounder creative. His primary creative work is as a sound designer and as a practical creative for conceptual artists. This work often calls for building and designing bespoke interdisciplinary solutions.

Joseph currently works at University of Queensland looking after academics and works behind the scenes as a technical artist on art activations for Bleach Festival, People Artist Place, Modifyre. His personal works include walking a giant extinct goose down the streets of Alice Springs and playing the electric violin.


Migration by Clayton Blake & Tentacle Tales by Clayton Blake x Courtenay McCue (CRT Designs)

Internationally-acclaimed local artist Clayton Blake, will showcase two of his extraordinary works of art across the duration of Sand Safari Arts Festival. A cast of over 500 electric blue “Migration” solider crabs will converge on Surfers Paradise beach – a true testament to Clayton’s contemporary installation ability. This year, in collaboration with local mixed media artist, Courtenay McCue (CTR DESIGNS) a thicket of eight large scale tentacles will ignite Cavill Mall – reflecting the beings of fairy tale dreams.

Clayton has been fortunate to have exhibited work globally including Burning Man (USA), Nipton California (USA), Rainbow Serpent (VIC) and Sculpture by the Sea (NSW). He has exhibited at Swell Sculpture (QLD) several times and has been awarded the Kids Choice Award 2017, Bendigo Bank Artists Peer Award 2016, Neumann Foundation Award 2016 & Kids Choice Award 2016. He has also won the prestigious Stipend Award at Harbour Sculpture in Sydney 2015.

A colossal cast of 500 plus electric blue soldier crabs ‐ “Migration”, will be set in the sand of Surfers Paradise beach. Each crab in the creative army is fitted with legs and eyes to enhance the artwork’s crustacean‐like appearance ‐ this vast and enchanting installation is sure to spark the imagination of all ages.

Tentacle Tales” features eight larger than life octopus tentacles embellished in well‐known and cherished fairy tales. This stunningly spectacular exhibit is in collaboration with local mixed media artist, Courtenay McCue (CRT Designs) a true visionary that draws her inspiration from her upbringing.

“I am excited to be a part of the Sand Safari Festival in 2020 to be working alongside Clayton Blake. I have admired his work for a long time and feel honoured to have been asked to collaborate on such a large scale artwork for the festival.” - Courtenay McCue

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