Wānaka Sun       

Deep Thought: an immersive sculptural experience

Posted at 6:39am Thursday 05 Nov, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

A new pop up sculpture has been installed on the shores of Lake Wānaka by The Lakes District Arts Trust. 

The sculpture was installed by Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone (HYBYCOZO) - a project by artists Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, plus an assortment of expert fabricators, handlers, featuring a series of large scale installations and artworks that investigate geometric exploration through light, shadow, and perception. 

The sculptors currently reside in San Francisco, and their work has appeared across the globe. This particular piece of artwork was made in New Zealand.

‘Deep Thought' is designed to be interactive through the use of lighting and the evolving nature of the installation - shadows dance around the sculpture and the landscape throughout the day and night. Visitors can walk inside it, be in the moment, and experience ‘Deep Thought'. 

Members of the The Lakes Art Trust were first introduced to HYBYCOZO'S work during lockdown.

Chairperson Jeri Elliot said: “This art installation will leave you feeling a sense of wonder and joy — a sense of amazement at the form, light, and shadow. It is the artists' hope that the viewer will ‘interact with the sculpture with a sense of curiosity and wonder about the geometry of the shape and the meaning of the pattern.'

“We hope in the public sphere, our installation feels like a place of refuge and a place to find some peace in a busy environment.”

Elliot invited the community to take advantage of the opportunity and be a part of this immersive experience. 

“We felt that this title was poignant, and meaningful, with a connection to our current reality. We are thrilled to offer our community the experience of this world-class piece,” he said. 

HYBCOZO'S ‘Deep Thought' will be in Wānaka for six weeks before moving to Queenstown in early January. 

Read edition 999 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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