Brisbane Airport car park to be transformed into art project

Brisbane Airport’s new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park is to be converted into an eight level kinetic public art project.

The project has engaged Urban Art Projects (the firm we recently reported on as having given Brisbane’s Albert Street Car Park a similar installation), who have in turn commissioned established American artist Ned Kahn.

Viewed from the exterior, Kahn’s concept for one side of the car park will appear to ripple and move due to the wind passing behind 250,000 aluminium panels. Inside the car park, intricate patterns of light and shadow will be projected onto the walls and floor as sunlight passes through the kinetic façade. In addition to revealing the ever-changing patterns of the wind, the artwork has many environmental benefits by being designed to also provide ventilation and shade for the interior of the car park.

This car park is one part of a significant upgrade of the Brisbane Domestic Terminal and will also provide 5,300 undercover car spaces across nine levels, state-of-the-art way-finding technology, and innovative safety and security measures.

The new car park and Ned Kahn public art façade will be completed and on display in late 2011.

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