Kaleidoscope is an epic installation in Arts Center Melbourne that takes you into a world of constantly shifting illusions through the use of glass, steel, mirrors and moving prisms.
Artist Keith Courtney’s large art installation is an unmissable mirror maze that will make you look up, down and around you in a whole new, different way.
Kaleidoscope Melbourne uses the same concept as the kaleidoscope from your childhood – remember that little exciting tube with mirrors and colored glass to create ever-changing patterns through a tiny eye hole?
This large-scale kaleidoscope inflates the tiny toys into a labyrinth of mirrored corridors to create an immersive work of art that displays a symphony of light, color and sound.
You might even notice that your sense of movement and gravity feels a little distorted during your visit. It’s hard to know what a wall is and what a mirror is, so I carefully walk the corridors!
Spaces break, surprise and disorient the senses at every turn. During our visit, the children love to play an endless game of hide and seek!
Keith Courtney is an acclaimed Melbourne-based artist who has created some of the most fascinating art projects in collaboration with major Australian festivals, international artists and venues.
Courtney is known to the Melbourne public for other large-scale art projects such as ‘The House of Mirrors’ and ‘1000 Doors’.
Previously featured in the forecourt of the Arts Center Melbourne, these were so popular that the projects toured major cities around the world, attracting more than half a million visitors.
While the concept of Kaleidoscope was created by Courtney, the artwork is a collaboration with visual artist Ash Keating – note his signature streaks of bold color on the outside – composer Tamil Rogeon and artist Samantha Slicer along with a team of highly skilled technicians.
The Kaleidoscope mirror maze is fun any time of the day, but I highly recommend visiting at night when it’s lit up in a myriad of rainbow colors. This will help you better experience the multi-sensory journey of sound and light in the artwork.
From Wednesday 1 June to Sunday 24 July 2022, Kaleidoscope will be open on the forecourt of the Arts Centre. It then heads to the Brisbane Powerhouse from Thursday 11 August to Monday 3 October 2022, followed by an international tour.