Light fantastic: Pacific Bondi Brings Culture to the Beach


20160510 - NATURE SAND WATER by Ingo Bracke - atmosphere- photo Ken Buttti(0002)

Ingo Bracke’s stunning light installation spearheads luxury development’s commitment to the arts

By Henry Clarkson

If you love a light show and you can’t wait for the start of Vivid Sydney, jump on a bus to Bondi Beach.

Pacific Bondi, the luxury apartment and boutique hotel complex in Sydney’s Bondi Beach, has given over its six-storey atrium to acclaimed German multidisciplinary artist Ingo Bracke to be used in a stunning light installation.

There are no shortage of developments with artistic pretensions – a corporate sculpture here, 20160510 - NATURE SAND WATER by Ingo Bracke - atmosphere- photo Ken Buttti(0017)a giant lobby painting there – and there are even some blocks that their architects would insist are stand-alone objets d’art.  However, this is the real thing.

Drawing inspiration from the geographical features of Bondi Beach, the work – Pacific #1 Nature, Sand, Water – is a nature-themed light projection, and is being displayed in the atrium and on the elevator shaft wall every evening this month.

Bracke’s work “explores aquatic and earthly wonders, including images of Bondi, the beach, sand, ocean, reference’s to Joseph Bank’s botanical drawings and the stars of the southern hemisphere,” according to the development team, who see the work as central to their commitment to integrating the arts into Pacific Bondi’s public spaces.

The installation joins a number of other public art offerings at the development this month, including work by Yolgnu artist Gunbyi Ganambarr, a series of Matisse-esque woodcut designs by Clement Habicht and street art by Sid Tapea, which will be on display along Gould Street.

And there’s more to come. The Pacfic Bondi team are “currently negotiating the acquisition of other works that will enhance visitors’ experience of the prestigious building, while also connecting with the local community.”

Bracke’s work can be viewed in the Pacific Bondi Beach Atrium from dusk until approximately 9pm every night.

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