If you've been to Melbourne Central in the last few months or so, you ought to have made a difference to the place. And no, we're not referring to the train you might have boarded from the multi-level platforms below, or the store racks you might have emptied as a result of your shopping. We're referring to the Kisho Prize installation located within the skylight of level two's designer precinct.
Melbourne-based artist Hamish Munro has designed the intriguing six-by-three 'artwork'. It is an inflatable sculpture made from a thin, digitally printed nylon fabric, which surrounds a steel armature filled with air.
The installation is Munro's way of paying homage to the vibrant design culture of this city and to one of the most famous Japanese designers, Kisho Kurokawa, who designed the Melbourne Central building in the 1980s.
Munro's design was accepted as the winning idea in the Kisho Prize contest conducted by the authorities in an attempt to introduce a new interior design artwork within the building. The installation was officially unveiled on April 3.
The design concept of the installation acts as a living organism, thus responding to constant change in its surrounding environment. The formation contains digital sensors that are connected to a special computer program, which collects and translates data (in terms of the installation, data refers to the visitors moving in and out of the building) to alter the shape of the artwork.
Thus, albeit unknowingly, the last time you visited Melbourne Central, you had an affect on its physiology. If you haven't observed the installation yet, do go up to the second floor and check it out the next time you're there. It's a unique representation of what makes this city tick.