UAP STUDIO collaborated with artist Emily Floyd and Anna Schwartz Gallery to fabricate an artwork commission for Jackalope Hotel on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Floyd’s monumental sculpture of the hotel’s namesake depicts the mythical Jackalope creature – an abstract jackrabbit with antelope horns. Standing over 6 meters tall in the hotel’s forecourt, the artwork invites viewers to ask questions of the space and place in which we exist.
Cast in aluminium and finished with a non-reflective black satin finish with gold highlights on the antlers, the artwork sets the tone for the hotel, merging hospitality with art, theatre and mythology. This artwork is a continuation of Floyd’s public art practice that explores large-scale, geometric and abstract forms that are often reminiscent of childhood toys. In this work, Floyd’s Jackalope brings a striking, theatrical and whimsical element to the hotel landscape. UAP STUDIO collaborated with Floyd to complete the complex engineering, fabrication and installation of this iconic artwork.