The process was arduous – days of work would be taken down, then put back up again in a different position, then taken down once more. After that came the complex electronics and coding, all under the watchful eyes of the Vivid curators, until finally we had a sculpture we were proud of. ‘Patterns in Nature’ was born and ‘Pulse’, the living breathing tree, was lit up. With a winding trunk coated in metal and chain, twisted metal roots covered in rusty gears and streams of light beating out of its glowing plastic heart, it was a sculpture that truly felt alive.
Sadly however, we were interrupted, by natural causes. This sculpture was originally made for Vivid 2020, which was, of course, cancelled. We resubmitted in 2021 and were cancelled once again. While not officially part of the Vivid 2022 line-up, UTS decided to run a separate satellite event, allowing our sculptures to finally see the light of day after two and a half years.
With many of us having graduated by this point, the installation at UTS felt like an appropriate send-off from university life, but more importantly the culmination of the biggest project any of us had ever worked on.
Seeing the sculptures built, wired, and coded up and running was a fantastic feeling. It was beautiful to watch kids run up, point and yell, and see people stop to take photos of our work.