Artist:The Propaganda Mill: Joshua Wilkinson (Australia) / Patrick Shirley (Australia) / Daniel Thomas (Australia) THE...
THE BIG RED BUTTON
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (enter via Queen Elizabeth II Gates)
The Propaganda Mill: Joshua Wilkinson (Australia) / Patrick Shirley (Australia) / Daniel Thomas (Australia)
THE BIG RED BUTTON is a playful interactive light sculpture that questions the impact we have on our environment and the efforts being made to reverse these effects.
The structure features an attractive green plant located behind a large illuminated sign, equipped with an oversized button; the sign reads: “DO NOT PRESS”
Curious festival-goers will no doubt press the button. When they do, a projection mapping/sound design sequence is triggered and the bush bursts spectacularly into flames, burning until there is nothing left but charred black leaves and smoke.
The smoking remains stay that way until another participant steps up to press the button – at which point the bush begins sprouting tiny green leaves, which gradually grow until finally the plant is healthy again.
THE BIG RED BUTTON creates a playful dynamic between those who want to see the bush burnt and those who want to keep it green.
The work combines 3D projection mapping onto organic architecture with high-quality sound design; its aim is to promote deeper social interaction between festival-goers as they explore an issue of vital importance to the sustainability of our planet.
Country represented by installation: Australia