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VU's Skunk Control takes on the night

For the first time on Saturday 17 February, Victoria University’s Skunk Control will join White Night to reveal a startling original piece, Altar to the Future.

Made up of a team of Victoria University engineers and scientists, Skunk Control explores unknown territory – the space where science meets art. Based at Footscray Park campus Skunk Control take inspiration from technology, design, art, myths, science and engineering principles to create exquisitely detailed, highly original and immersive installations that leave audiences with a sense of wonderment.

Situated in one of the city’s most iconic buildings, Skunk Control’s new piece will be installed at St Paul’s Cathedral and open to the public from 7pm to 7am. Six metres high, Altar to the Future is a dazzling, colourful work that includes a rotating portal and delicate flowers that appear transparent one moment, but then suddenly in bloom, depending on the millions of ever-changing light fragments.

Created entirely by hand, Altar to the Future took three months to create and includes:

  • Over 600 flowers
  • 6,000 individual petals
  • 144 branches
  • Over 12,000 LED lights

Founder Nick Athanasiou from VU’s Learning, Innovation and Quality says that while many people think science and art are polar opposites, both ask audiences to ponder big questions.

“There is a place long thought forgotten, a portal to a vivid future that nestles in each one of us. Altar to the Future is that place. We invite audiences to re-engage in the dream.” - Nick Athanasiou

Skunk Control continues to gain international attention since they formed in 2012. They have been a popular choice for some of the world’s most innovative festivals and have exhibited their work in New Zealand, Portugal, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Laneway Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Gertrude Street Projection Festival and Light in Winter Festival.

Over the last two years Skunk Control were commissioned by Highpoint to create six original (Harvest Harbinger, Majestic Insurgence and Persistent Panacea) – large-scale installations that jolted shoppers out of their everyday reverie.


To arrange an interview with Nick Athanasiou contact:

Frances Atkinson – Journalist

Media and Communications

0435 960 793 | [email protected]

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