Category : 21st Century Kids

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The cubic structural evolution project 2004 | Plastic Lego blocks | Installed size variable / Purchased 2005. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

21st Century Kids: Olafur Eliasson ‘The cubic structural evolution project’ 2004

Olfaur Eliasson’s unique installation puts the construction of a city into children’s hands! With thousands of white Lego pieces, the task is to create and re-create an ever-evolving metropolis. Over the course of the exhibition the project will change dramatically as young visitors build new constructions informed by both the world around them and their imaginations.

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Fly away home 2010 | Bird nests, paper, pencils, wallpaper, timber, MDF board, US dollars, glass | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Fiona Hall ‘Fly away home’ 2010

Fiona Hall is an Australian artist who is known for her ability to make extraordinary things from everyday materials. For ’21st Century Kids’, Hall’s interest in the migratory patterns of birds and nest-making is translated into a hands-on activity. Young visitors are invited to enter the nest-inspired activity space to create their own species of bird using templates and paper money created by the artist.

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(MIB) Made in Brisbane 2010 | Mixed media, LCD screens, glass, mirror, MDF board | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Romuald Hazoumè ‘(MIB) Made in Brisbane’ 2010

Beninese artist Romuald Hazoumè travelled to Brisbane to conduct workshops with local high school students to create a large scale installation especially for ’21st Century Kids’. As part of the installation a documentary of the creative process presents the artist’s and the students’ views on this unique experience.

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Nothing is ordinary 2006 | Bindi, cardboard, mirror and MDF board | First commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ 2006 | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Bharti Kher ‘Nothing is ordinary’ 2006

In India, the bindi is traditionally a symbolic mark of pigment applied to the forehead. Today it has become a fashionable and decorative accessory available in many colours and designs, and is used by Indian artist Bharti Kher in some of her art works. Children can wear one of the artist’s specially designed bindis and everyone will know they’ve been to ’21st Century Kids’.

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Discover Treasure Island 2010 | Site-specific murals and sound files | Commissioned by the Children’s Art Centre for ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ | Courtesy: The artist and the Queensland Art Gallery | Supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 2010

21st Century Kids: Jorge Méndez Blake ‘Discover Treasure Island’ 2010

Discover Treasure Island 2010 is a series of large-scale murals created by Mexican-born artist Jorge Méndez Blake especially for the Children’s Art Centre’s Park level foyer. The artist has chosen his favourite story as a child — Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic swash-buckling tale Treasure Island and brought it to life in an immersive, sound-based installation.