Proving the maxim ‘it’s the little things that matter’, Korean artists Yuree Hong and Siyoung Kim found their core concept in tiny blades of green...

Dancing Grass

Location:

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (enter via Queen Elizabeth II Gates)
Australia

Image. Towering inflatable blades of grass form a vast tactile forest waiting to be explored. Shining with green hues, the plump pointed blades stand at random angles to form an oversized lawn. The giant blades sway and dance in response to their surroundings including the touch and hugs of visitors.  Dancing Grass - Vivid Light 2019

Event Details

Artist:
WAUHAUS Inc.: Yuree Hong (South Korea)

Collaborator:
Siyoung Kim (South Korea)

Proving the maxim ‘it’s the little things that matter’, Korean artists Yuree Hong and Siyoung Kim found their core concept in tiny blades of green grass. Grass might seem a little lacklustre and inconsequential, yet it is an essential component of natural environments that promises sustainability. Think wild meadows, marshes, savannahs, steppes, prairies, plains and lush pastures and paddocks whose roots entwine, nurturing oxygen-giving vitality.

Dancing Grass supersizes 146 illuminated ‘blades’ of grass to five different heights ranging from 1.5m to 4.5m tall so that visitors can wander through a tactile green forest. Each one is touch sensitive and moves with the breeze. Hug them. Dance between them. Sit and watch them sway. Through these glowing organic dance-like movements audiences get a sense of super-nature that is beyond human scale. Mapped into an outline of Sydney, Dancing Grass also represents the multicultural clusters of people living harmoniously across the city. Set against the background of the luminescent skyline, this interactive work appeals to all generations.

Dancing Grass was a highlight of iLight Marina Bay, Singapore 2018.

 

Country represented by installation: South Korea

Audio Description

Access and Inclusion

  • Audio described - Audio description is a service provided for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Trained audio describers give live, objective, verbal descriptions.
  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

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