Singing bus stops, robotic rubbish bins that move and chuckle, benches that flock together and sing when the sun shines, and water fountains that compliment you on your outfit.
These are some of the playful works of public art that London-based Andrew Shoben and his award-winning artists’ collective dubbed ‘Greyworld’ have installed around the world to transform dreary urban areas.
Andrew visited Victoria University to speak to some of its fine arts students on his first visit to Australia to deliver public lectures for the Footscray Arts Centre.
The recently awarded Professor of Public Art at Goldsmiths University in London said he was inspired by his visit to Footscray.
“The works Greyworld has created in Europe and the US are generally in parts of the city that people see every day, but normally ignore,” he said.
“Footscray is perfect for an installation because of its interesting mix of industrial, cultural and social landscape.”
Andrew was not in Australia to create any works this time, but he said he will return to London with ideas for possible future commissions here.
VU’s artist-in-residence and computer-mediated art lecturer Megan Evans hosted his VU visit, inviting her doctoral students to hear Andrew speak first-hand about his works and what inspires him.