February 20, 2020
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Imagine diving into a whimsical garden, designed to excite both your mind and senses. Artist Bliss Cavanagh created just that – an incredibly immersive and interactive space at the Newcastle Museum in Australia earlier this year.
The temporary exhibition titled “Summer Sensory Garden” featured an exaggerated natural landscape with playful elements and pops of color to inspire childlike wonder. Filled with towering pom-pom dandelions and oversized luminescent flowers, the space used colorful lighting and reflective surfaces to paint a stimulating visual journey. Textured elements like fuzzy butterflies and sounds of popping bubbles engaged the rest of the senses, transporting guests into a magical new world. Visitors explored and discovered the space in their own way and at their own pace, creating a unique and personalized experience for each individual.
The artist used Nanoleaf Light Panels to create illuminated flowers, drawing in and delighting visitors from all around the exhibit. Cavanagh discovered the Light Panels while working on a previous project and thought they would be the perfect addition for “Summer Sensory Garden.” The kaleidoscopic colorways and shape customizations created each perfectly formed petal of the blossoms.
As a strong advocate for mental health and wellbeing, the artist set out to create a space that inspired positivity simply through its environment. The exhibit has even been used for silent sessions hosted for children with special needs, with the museum’s curator noting that the lights have had incredible calming effects on children with autism.
The exhibition overall was incredibly well received, and while temporary at the Newcastle Museum, Cavanaugh has and will continue to create such immersive sensory experiences all around the country, and the world.
Find out more information about the Newcastle Museum at the Newcastle Museum website
Explore other works by the artist, Bliss Cavanagh: www.studiobliss.com
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