From 17 May to 16 June, 2017, an outdoor garden gallery of interactive neon art installations transformed QV Melbourne to be vibrant by day and glowing bright by night.
QV Melbourne partnered with Melbourne-based artist Carla O'Brien (White Night, Burning Man, Earthcore) to deliver an alluring new exhibition called Neon Night Garden, featuring nine colourful artworks in Carla's most extensive exhibit yet.
Carla's signature Neon Angel Wings were re-imagined as the colourful wings of a giant butterfly, coming together with eight other touchable works which created an effervescent garden of colour, light and photogenic delights. The unofficial entrance to the garden was a 2.4-metre high Neon Night Garden Archway. Consisting of a series of whimsical neon lines that looked as if they were playfully hand drawn, the archway acted as a gateway into the imagination. Viewers were invited to stand inside the archway for an immersive 3D multi-colour experience.
"Inside the Neon Night Garden are all things you might find in a garden - a flying kite, a tree,a bird, bee and butterfly, umbrellas on a rainy day, people, wings of a butterfly and even a flamingo," said Carla.
"It's amazing to see how fascinated people are by neon art. Maybe because neon is traditionally used for signage, it's not something we're used to touching. I make art for people to interact with - that's what brings it to life. To me, my pieces only become real art once people get involved with them," says Carla.
"I can't wait to see people interact with all these new works. I'm particularly excited to see how people relate to The Neon Tree. I'm betting people will sit under it, even though it doesn't have any shade. The Neon Brollies are real clear plastic umbrellas so when it rains people can actually stand under them. The Mirror Me, Mirror You people are made up of tiny mosaic mirrors so you can see yourself reflected - it won't be easy to take the perfect selfie but I'm sure people will try!"
The Neon Night Garden was a free public outdoor exhibit running for one month in QV Square.
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