QT BONDI, SYDNEY
Creating an engaging and contemporary public space, Gladwell leverages local context and the inherent romance of landscape – urban and natural, to create a work that is as dynamic as it is evocative. With image references spanning skateboarding and surfing to Star Wars, this work expands the artists’s themes of landscape and the body in an inclusive, playful and humorous manner.
The digital mural Gladwell vs Tirkot is a collaboration between Gladwell and local Bondi photographer, Dean Tirkot. The title references DJ battle culture in which two DJs play against each other from adjacent locations at a party. The mural also playfully delights in visual puns seen in Tirkot’s skateboarder with a fish's head, who flies above the Bondi skatepark in a manoeuvre known as a stale fish.
Briefed by the QT Bondi design team, LoveArt commissioned video artist Shaun Gladwell to create a split screen video and digital wall collage installation for the Lobby. Referencing the artist’s epic video set for the staging of Wagner’s opera, The Flying Dutchman, Bondi is reimagined through the combination of music, sound and images. This iconic and familiar location is imbued with a sense of magic and the unknown.