Cooper’s Call to Poseidon for coral not coal

Musician, producer and artist Guy Cooper has created another sound sculpture – a giant music box shaped like coral. It’s a solar-powered art project called ‘Poseidon’s Music Box’ which forms part of Guy’s Master’s final project but it also comes complete with its own single – a collaboration between the sculpture and local musicians much like his prior project ‘Migaloo’s Song’, which was exhibited at SWELL last year.

“Last year’s Migaloo’s Song sculpture at SWELL was a whale of an effort (haha),” he said. “It’s the largest steel bodied string harp in the world, sitting on my front lawn and currently listed at ‘The Big White Whale’ on google maps, Ashmore’s only tourist attraction.”

Guy said since the project he’d spent time researching sound sculpture and kinetic public art through his recently completed Masters of Creative Industries at SAE Brisbane.

“I have been fascinated with the meshing of sculpture, music, physics and arts activism,” he said.

The new sculpture, which has been 11 months in the making is a giant solar-powered, kinetic music box. Guy says it’s “calling on the god of the sea Poseidon to come and smite Adani.”

Art plays an important role in society and has a subtle power that can change the world, one perception at a time.”

“I believe our government has its head up its ass and the proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland is a disgrace.”

“Our government is not making decisions that benefit all our futures and we need to do something about it,” Guy said.

“The tourism value alone generated by the Great Barrier Reef is said to be over 6.4 billion dollars each year,” said Guy adding that it was all being held to ransom for a coal mine.

“Solar, wind and other renewable energy sources are clearly the way to a more sustainable future for our community and the environment,” he said.

“May this coral-themed music box call upon the god of the sea Poseidon to come save us all.”

Guy’s sculpture will have its debut this year in an interesting place. He’s taking it to Buskers by the Creek, where it will be playing its solar-powered melody all day long alongside hundreds of other buskers. There’s also a new song using the sculpture melody being released on 10 October. ‘Call to Poseidon’ had more than 40 local musicians and vocalists come together as well as the Home of the Arts choir lending its voice. Guy says it’s his way of saying thanks.

“The song is a big thank you from me to all the hard-working volunteer activists and protesters that put so much of their hearts and passion into this cause,” he said.

Proceeds from the song as well as busking income from Buskers by the Creek will go to the local #stopadanigoldcoast group to help them continue their fight against climate change.

I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing event,” Guy said about Buskers by the Creek. “Cindy Jensen and the team always put on such a great weekend filled with art, music and community family fun. It’s no wonder this is the Gold Coast’s best annual event and I’m very thankful to be a part of it.

“Having the opportunity to debut the new music box sculpture around all the other musicians will be a special treat, this year’s theme is Brazilian Carnivale and I’m hoping some jam sessions with the sculpture can break out.”

After Buskers by the Creek, Guy is hoping to tour the sculpture through other festivals and exhibitions as well as making an appearance at other #stopadani events to help raise awareness and funds for reef protection.

I’m just getting warmed up,” he said. “I had a good friend and fellow band mate Mickey Van Wyk from Emvee Art collaborate with me on this sculpture and we have both just embarked on constructing an aluminium can collecting T-Rex for Earth Frequency festival next year in February.”

“I have also been commissioned to build something epically special for the Seaway on the Gold Coast, I need a bigger shed.”

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Check out Poseidon’s Music Box and throw some coins its way at Buskers by the Creek, which runs 13 – 14 October in Currumbin.

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