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VU art comes alive at Highpoint

Victoria University engineers and scientists are showcasing their award-winning fusion of science and art at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne’s west.

Embracing their creativity with their unusual name, Skunk Control, the team of enthusiastic educators and their students has gained rapid worldwide attention since forming in 2012.

They have exhibited at festivals as far away as New Zealand and Portugal, in Federation Square, and most recently, at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

Skunk Control founder, Nick Athanasiou of VU’s College of Engineering and Science, said this will be their first time at a shopping centre.

Harvest Harbinger is an exotic display of glass-like prisms and colourful spheres made from sugars and jellies in a sea of nuts and seeds. The two large-scale pieces represent shifting seasons through ever-changing reflected colours – all demonstrating various principles of science.

The work was painstakingly hand-made in the team’s Footscray Park Campus lab over several weeks. 

It contains exactly 86 ingredients to represent the number of nationalities in the culturally-rich city of Maribyrnong, where Highpoint is located.  Skunk Control will create new displays for the shopping centre again in June and December.

Skunk Control installations can be seen in Melbourne and beyond in 2016.

  • Lorne Sculpture Biennale –  12-13 March
  • Mill Place, Melbourne (Love your Laneway project) – late April
  • Williamstown Literary Festival – 18-19 June
  • Highpoint Shopping Centre – June
  • Gertrude Street Projection Festival – mid-July
  • Globelight Biennale, Melbourne – mid-August
  • Mailbox Art Space, Melbourne – early August
  • Highpoint Shopping Centre – December

Harvest Harbinger will be at on display in the Highpoint fresh food precinct until 28 February.


Photos of Harvest Harbinger at Highpoint are available.

Nick Athanasiou is available for interview. 

Media Contact:
Ann Marie Angebrandt: 03 9919 5487, 0401 100 576, [email protected]


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