Blue Sky with Rainbow

Blue Sky with Rainbow

Bathed in sunshine for an average of nine hours a day, Perth is the sunniest capital city in Australia. Harvesting this plentiful sunlight is AGWA’s major new sculptural installation, Blue Sky with Rainbow by artist Julianne Swartz.

Blue Sky with Rainbow quietly reveals its subtle interaction with the Gallery’s concourse spaces and draws on the natural source of real-time sunlight, as well as the passing or transient presence of the viewer. 

This installation seems not just to “take a line for a walk” through the Gallery spaces (artist Paul Klee once described drawing as “taking a line for a walk”), but light as well, transporting real-time sunlight, all the way from the rooftop to the ground floor. In this way, Blue Sky with Rainbow transports a stream of light energy through the building, a medium which is entirely mutable, being dependent on the outside sunlight to create the interior optical event. The playful, recurring nature of the work invites viewers’ interaction, and the rainbow at the end of the path will reward their engagement and prepare them to notice the details that emerge as they continue through the Gallery’s display spaces.

The artist extends special thanks to Markus Greiner, Professor of Physics, Harvard University, and Parans Solar Lighting, for their assistance on this project.

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About the artist

Julianne Swartz is an American artist who works with installation, sound art, sculpture and photographs to explore concepts of space and time, as well as the fluctuating interface between inside and outside, private and public, people and their surroundings. Her sculptural installations often utilise optics, sound and kinetics to articulate the ebb and flow of life, rather than the mass and volume of form associated with traditional sculpture. Extending this alternative attitude to sculpture, her work can often be as much about human connection and communication, as it is about the intersection of ephemeral art with the built environment.

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On Saturday 27 August, the Gallery is open 10am-3pm only as we prepare for the AGWA Foundation Gala supporting women in the arts. Some exhibition access will be disrupted with two Tracks We Share ground floor galleries closed. AGWA Rooftop bar will be closed, reopening at 2pm Sunday. Details