Christmas delights light up Shorts Place

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Local multimedia artist Matt Bonner has added another element to the annual Christmas arts trail with the illumination of the corner of Lt Malop Street and Shorts Place, Central Geelong, each night between 9pm to 12am until Monday 7 January 2019.

Following on from his whimsical and magical Christmas projections, Bonner has turned his attention to animating the existing artwork by celebrated Melbourne artist Baby Guerrilla.

Baby Guerrilla’s artwork, depicting a couple wearing virtual reality goggles holding a small child, is the perfect backdrop to extend Bonner’s expertise. His new work is a meditation on the rituals that comprise the lead up to Christmas, including a child writing cards and a family witnessing festive celebrations.

By integrating projections with the artwork, the City of Greater Geelong through the Arts & Culture Department are providing audiences with a glimpse into what imaginary world the subjects are immersed in through their virtual reality goggles.

Quotes attributed to City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood:

We’re very lucky to have so many clever and creative people who add colour and life to our region with their work.

Christmas is the perfect time for artists to express themselves and contribute to the Central Geelong Christmas trail. It’s a time for celebration, joy and spending time with friends and family. There’s no better place than Geelong to do this, with so much to see and do.
The projections programme is a real feature of the Christmas trail, and it’s great to see families out together enjoying and exploring our city at night.

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