Melbourne-based artist Felipe Reynolds is set to unveil his latest interactive inflatable creation at Federation Square on Friday 9 September, sparking the imagination of people of all ages.
Human Mobile, commissioned by Fed Square and created by Felipe, combines classic with modern and captures our constant human need for engagement, affirmation, play and novelty. Drawing inspiration from the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s fresco painting ‘The Creation of Adam’ is reimagined in the form of a 3D, 11.3 meter tall by 7.5 meter wide inflatable baby. Suspended from The Atrium ceiling, the babies’ posture imitates classical Roman sculpture, while at the same time portraying life of excess in the 21st century.
Felipe said “I have always found the colossal form breathtaking. When I see gigantic feats of wonder, it sparks possibilities of what could be and makes my imagination run wild. This spark is my driving force. I think sculpting the human form is one of the most difficult. Doing it out of thin air, more so. It has its challenges, but using computers to help design and cut, makes things much easier.”
Interaction is key to experiencing this unique inflatable. Through a camera rigged to the Atrium screen (operating between 7am – 10pm) members of the public will find themselves part of the installation. Upon interaction the frame will be flipped horizontally, so it looks like the baby is sitting on the ground and the visitors become the human mobile. On weekdays from 10am – 4pm, during the school holidays, play with the baby via 4 giant rattles (1.5 meters) based beneath the inflatable.
Connect with this awe-inspiring installation by Felipe Reynolds in The Atrium for a limited time only.
Human Mobile is the first in a new, twice-yearly series of large-scale creative commissions in The Atrium at Fed Square. The Atrium Series will feature new works from some of Australia’s most exciting and prominent transdisciplinary artists.
About Felipe Reynolds:
Melbourne based astist, Felipe Reynolds has worked internationally as a Set and Costume Designer for theatre, opera, dance and television. He helped make the amazing animatronic puppets of King Kong The Musical, How To Train Your Dragon and Walking With Dinosaurs come to life. He has also designed the giant inflatable stage for the Opening Ceremony for the Asian Cup, a giant inflatable puppet for the Cricket World Cup, designed and made an articulated inflatable body for the Bear mascot for the Sochi Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
Felipe also built the Golden Monkey (White Night Melbourne 2016) and the Floating Lotuses (White Night Melbourne 2015). In addition to inflatable artistic pieces, he also renovated the historic art deco El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.