Category: public art

  • Sounds and Sweet Airs

    Sounds and Sweet Airs

    Sounds and Sweet Airs is part of a long-term web project Soniferous Cities; Islands of Sound that experiments with the creation of sonic cartographies. The project which is part of the Öres21 Summer Exhibition aims to create rich interactive audio-portraits of a range of geographies, environments and communities. Sounds and Sweet Airs links sites on…

  • The Sound of Place; Environmental Artworks at Bundanon.

    The Sound of Place; Environmental Artworks at Bundanon.

    This essay by Nigel Helyer and John Potts listens to the sound of place: of Bundanon, a three thousand acre property in the Shoalhaven river valley in rural NSW, Australia. Bundanon is today an artists’ colony and education centre, following the gift to the Australian people in 1993 of the entire property—including homestead, artist studio…

  • Oratorio Photo Essay

    Oratorio Photo Essay

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  • Oratorio and Heavy Metal

    Oratorio and Heavy Metal

  • Padme

    [dropcap character=”V”]iews of the Padme Installation at MacQuarie University 2010. Padme is a solar powered digital audio floating sculpture that is activated by wave motion and by water birds nudging the antennae-like motion sensing ‘whiskers’ that radiate from the work.   A short radio interview about the installation. A favourite with the wildlife. Slight movement…

  • Sculpture in the Vineyards

    [dropcap character=”A”] new work “Transformer” has been installed at the UnderCliff Vineyard in Wollembi alongside “Spinner” which remains in-situ from last year. [dropcap character=”M”]y approach to the sonic domain has always been informed by a Sculptor’s perspective which emphasises the experiential nature of sounds, linking them to the dynamic, material events that produce them and situating…

  • WA Marine Facility ~ Ondes

    Ondes Ondes is a public art commission for a new Marine facility at Henderson WA. The work is comprised of three elements; an outdoor kinetic work, consisting of six counter-balanced needles which interact with the wind; a series of interactive biomorphic sculptures that react to human movement via changes in their internal lighting and a…

  • The Wireless House

    [dropcap character=”T”]he Wireless House is a public art project commissioned by the City of Sydney as part of the Glebe Point Road upgrade.  The wireless House is located in Foley park at the intersection of Glebe Point Road and Pyrmont Bridge road and has an interesting history. And while you are at it……listen into some…

  • Theorem

    Between June 2004 and February 2005 Nigel Helyer worked as an Artist in Residence at the Paul Scherrer Institut, one of Switzerland’s largest research laboratories.  The Following is extracted from the Institut publication ‘Aktuell’. How might an Artist approach the Paul Scherrer Institut, which by any standards, is a complex intellectual and social organism?  My…

  • LifeBoat

    LifeBoat

      The lab floating in Oslo fjord. [dropcap character=”L”]ifeBoat is a prosaic title indicating both the physical reality (the project is contained within a fully weatherproofed ship’s lifeboat) and somewhat more conceptually, as the lifeboat has become home to a Biotechnology lab; a home to the processes of life itself.  On a metaphorical level, this…