Skunk Control art wins People's Choice award

The work of Victoria University's own Skunk Control, a group of engineers and educators from the College of Engineering and Science, has won the People's Choice Award and received high commendation in the Critics Award at the 2014 Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

The  annual street festival, which closed on the weekend, is one of Melbourne’s most creative and accessible large-scale art events.

Skunk Control's piece, entitled Pestilent Protrusions, featured a seemingly translucent light-filled forest undergoing a continuous colour metamorphosis. As with all the group’s creations, Skunk Control communicate and explore the intersection of art and science through spectacular large-scale installations that engage viewers  to look more deeply.

Skunk Control member and VU Foundation Studies lecturer Nick Athanasiou said their piece received a lot of positive feedback for its uniqueness, and attracted a large cross-section of people.

"The word we kept hearing about it was ‘psychedelic,’” he said.

Skunk Control also run diverse community outreach programs and community-based general science units as part of VU’s Foundation Studies program.

Pestilent Protrusions will remain at Rose Chong Costumiers, 218 Gertrude Street, for another two weeks.

Skunk Control's next exhibition will be at Victoria University’s 2014 Open Day on Sunday 24 August.

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