Florentijn Hofman

Florentijn Hofman

#Messengers of Brisbane

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Internationally acclaimed Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman collaborated with UAP to create Messengers of Brisbane, a citywide installation consisting of six oversized Gouldian Finches which perch atop some of the city’s most iconic landmarks as part of the 2020 edition of the Brisbane Festival.

The larger-than-life inflatable rainbow finches adorn playful party hats, referencing the artist’s signature practice as an expression of joy and celebration of life. These works invite the audience to look up during their everyday strolls, bike rides and CityCat journeys along the Brisbane River.

UAP used high resolution photography and photogrammetry of taxidermied Gouldian Finches to create hyper-realistic digital representations of the iconic birds printed on UV stabilised fabric. Each of the birds stand at seven metres tall and act as beacons of hope, inspiring the public to smile and look forward to brighter days to come.

The work breathes hope: hope for better days during the Festival and into the future.

Florentijn Hofman

Image credits: Rachel See, Airena. Concept image: courtesy of artist.

#Project summary

Creative

Florentijn Hofman

Artwork Title

Messengers of Brisbane

Project

Brisbane Festival

Client

Brisbane Festival

Year

2020

Location

Brisbane, Australia

Build

Airena

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