(This is) Air at the NGV Garden

Sun 3rd December, 2023 – Sun 16th June, 2024
Ground Level, NGV Garden, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
A giant inflatable sphere by Nic Brunsdon is this year’s NGV Architecture Commission, ‘breathing’ and changing shape throughout the day.

Every year, the National Gallery of Victoria invites architectural and design practices to submit works for the NGV’s annual Architecture Commission. This year, the winning design (chosen from a pool of 10) comes from award-winning architect Nic Brunsdon in collaboration with Eness, an art and technology studio. This year, the thematic pillars were magic, matter and memory – with the winner tackling the idea of matter.

(This is) Air uses air as a building material to draw attention to an invisible yet vital feature of life on earth. Taking the form of a 14-metre-tall sphere, (This is) Air expands and releases throughout the day in a naturally rhythmic contemplation of time and space. As it ‘exhales’, the structure releases gusts of air into the NGV Garden, before transforming into a stream of cloud-like configurations and filling up once more. By making the invisible visible, (This is) Air asks visitors to consider their dependency on air – a finite resource with rapidly declining quality.

Nic Brunsdon is one of Australia’s leading architects, whose career accelerated in 2015 when he won the Australian Institute of Architects Emerging Architect Award, first in Western Australia and then nationally. Now with B-Corp certified studios in Perth, Canggu and Melbourne, the studio is committed to working in the Asia Pacific region.

The Architecture Commission is part of the 2023 NGV Triennial, bringing together art, design and architecture in one mammoth exhibition running until mid-2024.

Entry to both the Triennial and Architecture Commission is free.

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