The episodes – to air in early 2018 on the Foxtel Arts Channel – will take you on an exciting and engaging behind-the-scenes journey following the UAP team telling the stories of the artists and makers of aspirational artworks.
The documentary series covers many significant public artworks in Australia including the truly inspirational indigenous artist Laurel Nannup's First Contact (2016) in Perth. It tells the story of her stunning sculpture, First Contact, a site-specific artwork for Perth's Elizabeth Quay development. Nannup's 5m tall shimmering aluminium bird in a canoe is a poignant testimony to the local Noongar people and captures ancestral stories of first encounters with Europeans arriving by ship. The outstretched wings of Nannup's powerful totemic bird evokes sails, the beak a flag, and the head and neck, a mast. One episode captures Nannup with her outstretched hands in front of the First Contact sculpture. Very moving as I am sure audiences will find when they see it.
Globally the documentary explores Idris Kahn's monumental artwork for Abu Dhabi's Memorial Park (2016), and Florentijn Hofman's Kraken (2016) for Shenzhen's One City development in southern China.
No job is too big for UAP who for over 20 years have adopted a groundbreaking approach to material usage, experimentation and research in innovative fabrication methods has been the key to its success. The international team at UAP comprises craftsman, curators, designers, metal workers, project managers and artists, all dedicated to revolutionizing the perception of public spaces around the world.
UAP was established by Daniel and Matthew Tobin in 1993 in Brisbane with studios now also in New York and Shanghai. The documentary captures the natural affable nature of the two brothers in creating the seemingly impossible.
Season two of Making Marvels – made by Wild Bear Entertainment - will air in early 2018 on the Foxtel Arts Channel. Visit the UAP website for some insight into the amazing work that is produced.