James Feng Design + MAGK Partners: James Feng (Australia) / Minh Au (Australia) / Gunjit Kaur (Australia)
Taylor Chadwick (Australia) / Ajaykumar Daya (Australia) / Karen Lin (Australia) / William Wei (Australia) / Jeffrey Blewett (Australia)
Oasis pays homage to the memory of the ‘forgotten’ Australian children who grew up in care; in orphanages, children’s homes, foster care and institutions.
This beautiful and poignant installation creates a sea of lights that dance on and around water. It is positioned in a corner of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney dedicated to the memory of “lonely, frightened, lost and abused children who never knew the joy of a loving family”.
Reminiscent of fields of flowers or fireflies by a meadow, Oasis is composed of many individually lit fragments, which combine to form a spellbinding twenty-minute looped theatrical shimmer of magic, mystery and empowerment.
The Artists have drawn inspiration from the bioluminescent wonders of the natural world to compose an intimate dialogue between the ephemeral qualities of light and the natural movement of water.
The floating lights bob and sway with the elements but always return to their upright position, a paradox of fragility and resilience. From afar, the lights beckon to all who pass by – up close the lights lead the viewer to a place of deep reflection.
Country represented by installation: Australia