The Kolossal Kaleidoscope is coming to International Towers
Light and mathematical artists Laura Jade and Leslie Marsh have partnered with Cave Urban Architecture to create a kaleidoscope of gigantic proportions, hosted within International Towers.
The 8-metre long installation will be built live before an audience of the International Towers community and visitors. Supported by the NSW Government and City of Sydney’s City Centre Revitalisation grant scheme, the installation is a partnership with International Towers aimed at injecting fresh inspiration into the daily experiences of workers returning to the workplace.
Kolossal Kaleidoscope is a giant mirror prism which transforms the surrounding environment into a firmament of light, colour and movement. Inspired by humanity’s predisposition for pattern recognition, the installation draws on the science of optics and light to explore the phenomenon of symmetry. From daylight to dusk, the kaleidoscope will reshape the natural world into a shifting orb of beautiful hues and patterns. At different times of the day, the colour of the sky, the movement of the clouds and the angle of the sun will create a spectacular array of changing visual effects giving observers a moment for contemplation and transformation.
Don't miss the opportunity to interact with the designers and see firsthand the possibilities that emerge when creative and artistic thinking is applied to science, engineering and maths. Alongside viewing the build itself, you are invited to participate in free kaleidoscope making workshops. Here you will apply the mathematical principles of reflection and symmetry to create a unique work of art. Using recycled materials to create your own mini kaleidoscopes, you’ll gain an insight into the challenges and rewards involved in making a large-scale artistic installation. You can also combine recycled plastics, metals and glass to create interactive elements for the full-size kaleidoscope.
At the end of the week when the build is complete, you can interact with the full sizes kaleidoscope, experiencing your own image reflected in an infinite shifting feedback loop. The tapered nature of the kaleidoscope will create the illusion of a giant floating orb when you poke your head into the opening. Throughout the day the changing natural light in the Tower Three South lobby will transform the orb into a beautiful movement of hue and pattern, giving you a moment for contemplation and transformation.
Attend one of our Interactive kaleidoscope experience - "Kute Kaleidoscope" workshops
Here you will apply the mathematical principles of reflection and symmetry to create a unique work of art. Using recycled materials to create your own mini kaleidoscopes, you’ll gain an insight into the challenges and rewards involved in making a large-scale art installation. You can also combine recycled plastics, metals and glass to create interactive elements for the full-size kaleidoscope.
This event received a City of Sydney grant or sponsorship.
On arrival, you will be required to check-in through the Service NSW app, as part of our COVID safety protocols.
International Towers is committed to the safety and well being of all workshop attendees and the wider community. International Towers is a COVID Safe venue and maintains all COVID safety guidelines in line with NSW Health regulations.
International Towers requires that all workshop participants abide by the COVID safety measures set out for the workshop. If you are unwell, please stay home, and if you have visited a known COVID hotspot 48 hours prior to the workshop, we ask that you please do not attend.