The Gold Coast is once again set to GLOW in the most spectacular way when HOTA, Home of the Arts hosts a free three-night festival of light that will transform the precinct into an enchanted, illuminated mecca, featuring aerial acts, music, immersive installations, food and more.
GLOW features the stunning work of six light architects. Light stories over the lake, a walk-through laser and sound experience by acclaimed AV artist Robin Fox and a combined light and aerial performance are just a few of the incredible installations that will be featured in this year’s event. One that sounds particularly adorable is the Neon Dog Park by Melbourne artist Carla O’Brien.
The Neon Dog Park is the place where dogs of all breeds can have their own Light Party.
“My art is specifically designed to be 100% fully interactive and you actually become a part of the art!” exclaims Carla.
“Walking amongst them you can take one for a walk, get another one to fetch a bone or a ball and you can even scoop some neon poop! My favourite is seeing little kids patting the dogs. I haven’t left out the cat lovers, there is a judgemental neon cat peering down from a tree limb.”
Carla creates interactive installations for festivals, so came up with the idea of creating something people could have multiple experiences with, without having to stand in a bunch of lines.
“It was quite hard deciding which dogs to create. I did a mix of breeds I love, popular dogs and then made them in typical positions you would see a dog. The dog peeing on the tree might be my favourite!
“I get a real kick out of seeing people laughing and smiling as they love my work and it gets me to come up with the next fun thing.”
There will be many surprises over the three days of GLOW with neon face painting, music, dancing in the dark and great food. Rumour has it the inflatable White Whale who starred at the GC2018 opening ceremony may even be in attendance.
GLOW runs at HOTA from 9 to 11 August from 5.00pm to 9.00pm. Visit hota.com.au for more.