Blackout In A Glasshouse By Jonathan Zawada

It was big, bold and beautiful, whilst representing somewhat of hidden message. Yes, we are referring to the ‘Blackout in a Glasshouse’ installation created by RESORT’s creative partner, Jonathan Zawada.

The installation graced our presence for the duration of this year’s RESORT event. Sitting at 4.5m high, 4.3m wide and weighing over a tonne, the mysterious mirrored installation was a reflection of the precarious nature of Brisbane’s nightlife. Scott Hutchinson, Chairman of Hutchinson Builders, commissioned the art installation in protest of the Queensland Lockout Laws.

If you missed it, the installation represented that of a greenhouse-like structure that referenced the concept of preventing social interaction and isolating individuals when locking someone (or something) out (or in). Inside contained blooming live flowers that exhibited UV qualities as a result of being lit by blacklight – the flowers were fed with tonic water, which portrayed the beautiful, yet delicate nature of our nightlife. The internal proceedings were shown in real-time on monitors under the installation, reinforcing the idea of the authoritarian control ever more prevalent on our nightlife.


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October 19, 2016