New public artwork set to ignite curiosity


Skunk Control founder Nick Athanasiou

An exciting new public artwork is set to be installed in Bulcock Street, Caloundra in early March but not before the collective behind the innovative work share the art and science behind their creation.

The artists, known as Skunk Control, are a group of science, engineering and creative staff based at Victoria University, that have banded together to show the world how science and art can merge to make award-winning creations.

Skunk Control create exquisitely detailed, highly original and immersive installations that leave audiences with a sense of wonderment.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the new artwork would be a standout feature of the new look Bulcock Street.

“Skunk Control are known around the world for their award-winning installations so it’s exciting that Caloundra will be home to their latest work,” Cr Dwyer said.

“It’s great that the team from Skunk Control are here on the Coast to share their talents with the community and give our local kids and adults alike the chance to get involved.”

Skunk Control founder Nick Athanasiou said that while many think science and art are polar opposites, both ask the big questions.

“A scientist’s lab is not very different than an artist’s studio for searching, thinking, creating and doing,” he said.

Skunk Control today (February 28) presented a one-hour demonstration, Curiouser and curiouser!, to year 5 and 6 students from Talara Primary College where they unveiled and demonstrated the science behind the artwork creation.

The students and teachers alike were dazzled as light moved and changed through structures and across surfaces of the unexpected.

The Caloundra work, titled Four Impossible Things Before Breakfast, is scheduled to be installed on March 7 or 8 (weather permitting). The community can then join a series of free workshops, inspired by the new installation, with Skunk Control.

Book now via council’s events website to secure your place and experience what happens when art and science combine:

Begin at the Beginning

When: Saturday, March 9, 10-10.30am

Location: Caloundra Transit Centre


A colour mixer module. Participants will make a chamber that creates a series of colour beams and houses a mirror system (participants will build this as well) that can manipulate the beams to demonstrate colour mixing and the process of colour addition. All components will be supplied including light lamp and batteries. Glue guns will be used during this activity.

Which way I ought to go

When: Saturday, March 9, 11.15am - 12.30pm

Location: Caloundra Transit Centre


Birefringent Colours. To replicate the vivid colours seen at night looking up into the installation’s flower heads, participants will create a small kaleidoscope like chamber that when positioned against a light source (sun rays or artificial light) and rotated will similarly recreate a similar vivid palette of colours. Participants will fill the chamber with specialised plastics and materials to alter the colour palette. Glue guns will be used during this activity.

I knew who I was this morning

When: Saturday, March 9, 2-3.30pm

Location: Bulcock Beach


Interference colours in large bubbles. Participants will make their own version of specialised bubble fluid that will then be used to create large bubbles. These bubbles demonstrate interference patterns of light. The types of colours that are produced are like those that will be seen when looking directly into the flower heads at night.

A world of my own

When: Sunday, March 10, 9.30-10.45am and 10.45am-12pm (2 sessions)

Location: Caloundra Street Fair

Book: Session 1 or Session 2

Dichroic Flower. In this hands-on kinetic activity, participants will build a smaller version (17cm in diameter) of the public art installation. The petals can be manipulated to demonstrate how the path of light is affected by its passage through the dichroic film. The resulting colours are vivid and in constant change. Glue guns will be used during this activity. Maximum of 20 people per session.

Skunk Control has gained 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 and Australia at White Night Melbourne, Lorne Sculpture Biennale, Laneway Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Gertrude Street Projection Festival and Light in Winter Festival.

To see some of Skunk Control’s work visit 
Community Creative Arts Entertainment Festivals & Events

Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Free waste disposal helps clean up after storm 18 November 2019 | Sunshine Coast Council area residents can dispose of green waste for free until close of business on Sunday November 24 after a super cell storm caused extensive damage on Sunday. More information...
Sunshine Coast Council cleaning up after storm 18 November 2019 | Sunshine Coast Council activated a coordination centre on Sunday evening to respond to a severe storm that swept through parts of the local government area. More information...
Buderim and Caloundra resource recovery centres temporarily closed 17 November 2019 | The Buderim and Caloundra resource recovery centres are temporarily closed as a result of damage sustained during Sunday’s storm that swept through parts of the Sunshine Coast. More information...
Upcoming roadworks to improve Caloundra’s Queen Street 15 November 2019 | A popular section of road in Caloundra is set to receive a facelift, with upcoming roadworks to deliver essential improvements to the area. More information...
Visionary Community Strategy set to enable the Sunshine Coast to thrive 14 November 2019 | A new 20-year blueprint for growing a connected, healthy and vibrant Sunshine Coast was endorsed by council today (November 14). More information...
Council endorses a regional plan for arts infrastructure 14 November 2019 | The arts help to shape a region’s identity, foster community wellbeing and develop the economy – so what infrastructure will this region need as the Sunshine Coast local government area grows into a major... More information...
Annual report showcases strong financial position and balanced approach to service delivery 14 November 2019 | Sunshine Coast Council today endorsed its 2018-19 Annual Report, demonstrating Council’s strong financial position and showcasing council’s approach to balance community, environment and economic outcomes. More information...
Rugby's young entertainers set to put on a show 13 November 2019 | Still gripped by World Cup Rugby fever? You won't have to wait long for another fix! Rugby Australia's Youth Sevens Championships are coming to Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1... More information...
Development.i recognised for its innovative approach 12 November 2019 | Development.i, Sunshine Coast Council’s revolutionary development tracking and visualisation platform, won the Improving Planning Processes and Practices award at the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA)... More information...
An exhibition to delight your senses and taste buds 08 November 2019 | An immersive art and food exhibition will open at Caloundra Regional Gallery on Friday, November 15. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service