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Ned Khan puts his kinetic touch on Brisbane's domestic airport

Leading international art-based design studio Urban Art Projects (UAP) has announced its collaboration with artist Ned Kahn and the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) to convert 

Brisbane’s new Domestic Terminal short-term multi-level car park into an eight-storey kinetic public art project.

Kahn, who has developed an international following for his artworks that incorporate the use of natural elements such as wind and light, will collaborate with UAP and BAC’s design team to create a 5000 Sq m kinetic façade for the new Domestic Terminal short-term car park.

Viewed from the exterior, Kahn’s proven 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 because it is designed to also provide ventilation and shade for the interior of the car park.

Urban Art Projects’ chief executive, Ben Tait, believes the public art project is an ideal contribution to the Domestic Terminal’s redevelopment and for Brisbane.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Ned Kahn and BAC to develop a kinetic façade for Brisbane,” says Tait . “Ned’s iconic work is truly mesmerising and at this scale the result will be one that visitors pause to experience and Brisbane residents can be proud of. 

According to BAC’s chief executive and managing director, Julieanne Alroe, this is just the start, with plans for a number of additional artworks to be placed around the airport precinct, to enhance the culture and surroundings over coming months.

“We have established a relationship with Urban Art Projects through this Domestic Terminal art piece, and we intend to continue this relationship, delivering new artworks across the airport. This art will complement the cultural renaissance shift throughout Brisbane,” says Alroe.

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

Check out Ned Kahn's kinetic work for yourself: