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Harbour Garden at the Maritime Museum

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Date: June 2021

Location: Australian National Maritime Museum

Collaborators: Studio A artists

Images: Cassandra Hannagan

Harbour Garden is a colourful and immersive installation work at Maritime Museum of Australia in Darling Harbour. Inspired by Sydney’s amazing harbour sea life and the stunning waterfront location of the Museum, this unique installation is created by two of Sydney’s most dynamic art studios – Studio A and Goldberg Aberline Studio (GAS).

The two studios have teamed up for the first time for this immersive, colourful work. Studio A artists Meagan Pelham, Lauren Kerjan, Daniel Kim and Annette Galstaun’s vibrant, unforgettable designs have been reimagined into larger-than-life inflatable installations by GAS. A joyous turtle, a cheeky octopus, starfish and seahorses swim through coral and seaweed. Situated at the end of the harbour pier, the works add a splash of vibrant colour to the skyline by day, and then glow with illuminated lights at night.

GAS worked with two dimensional scans of Studio A artist’s works. Using GAS’s unique creative process, these images were transformed into digitally printed ‘art fabrics’ that became the foundation of GAS’s outrageous, hand sewn and architecturally constructed inflatable installations.

Harbour Garden lights up the skyline in June 2021 to celebrate the Sydney Solstice festival. This free outdoor artwork gives viewers the opportunity to participate in an immersive experience like no other.

About Studio A

Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney Australia that tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so that they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations. Studio A supports a variety of artists working within a range of disciplines and thus strategically links Studio A artwork with an equally diverse range of target markets including art, design, craft, and corporate markets.

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