Parramatta Lanes Festival 2018
Sky serpents are legendary creatures in Asian mythology and forklore with roots in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Turkish cultures. Their appearance in art and festivities represent good luck, prosperity, and power. The installation Brothers features two majestic Sky serpent brothers fighting over on mystical orb. The piece symbolises the union of community and cultural heritage. The Parramatta district, and the greater Western Sydney area is a haven of diversity and multicultural enrichment and the Sky serpents are a symbol and metaphor for this with its many different cultural influences and inspirations. The anatomy of the sky serpent draws inspiration from many animals from around the world the same way that our community is a combination of different backgrounds working together for common goals.
Brothers also carries a strong message of environmental protection and preservation. In Asian culture, the sky serpents are the lords of the skies and seas. The installation envisions a fight for the preservation of our planet with the serpents trying to reclaim their domain. The orb is made entirely from recycled plastic. The serpents are lit through a dynamic and interactive LED lighting program system. Our design focused heavily on motivating and encouraging the community to make recycling fun. Each of the serpents will have a bin beneath them where a motion sensor which will detect when recycling has been thrown in. As the bins fill, the orbs along the spines of the dragons will light up from tail to the head, which will trigger a lighting sequence in which the dragons come to life.