Bournemouth will host the Airshop Orchestra’s inflatable works of art
A world-renowned ART installation will make its first visit to Europe when it settles in Bournemouth for four weeks.
Airship Orchestra is set to be the centerpiece of GIANT OFFSITE’s art month across the conurbation.
Marking its European premiere, the installation will be in situ at the Triangle from September 8 to October 9.
Airship Orchestra will see several large-scale inflatable and interactive sculptures installed in the public space.
Embodying the overall theme of “PLAY” for Art Month, the sculptural environment is unique for all to engage with throughout its run.
Created by ENESS, a multi-award winning art and technology studio led by Nimrod Weis, the custom light installation features 16 inflatables – some up to six meters – spanning an area of 500 square meters.
The installation of the artwork in Bournemouth is further confirmation of the city’s burgeoning status as an international hub of culture, according to the team at GIANT OFFSITE, which is backed by the BCP Council and Bournemouth Town Center IDB.
Artist Stuart Semple, Founder and Director of GIANT, said: “As terrible as online retail and the pandemic have been for our town centers and high streets, they present a need to change the purpose of these premises.
“I think this is an exciting time for artists and for the arts in the public domain.
“It’s a dream to be able to bring a work like this to my hometown.
“Nimrod and I did a big public art project together in Hong Kong last year, and I totally fell in love with his work.
“Ever since I saw it I’ve wanted to share it with everyone here. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to see at the Southbank or Turbine Hall at the Tate.”
Cllr Beverley Dunlop, BCP Council’s portfolio holder for tourism, culture and vibrant places, said people should not underestimate the impact of Stuart and his team’s presence in the city.
“Art has the power to change lives and I can truly say it has happened to me since I met Stuart and our ambition is to extend the joy of art to a wider audience by creating new experiences and new memories,” said Cllr Dunlop.
“Airship Orchestra will be the centerpiece of Art Month, being developed in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, with the wonderful Arts by the Sea as its finale.”
Paul Kinvig, Chief Operating Officer of Bournemouth Town Center BID, added: “We are delighted to be involved in this project, particularly as it provides the opportunity for our ratepayers to benefit from the increased footfall and attention the city will receive, through our curated trail and promotional opportunities to support their activities.
Art Month culminates with Arts by the Sea, the BCP Council’s flagship free cultural festival. The mix of theatre, dance, music, large-scale performances and sound and light installations runs from September 30 to October 2.