Accomplished projection installation artist Yandell Walton has collaborated with animator Tobias J Edwards and software developer Jayson Haebich to bring Festival-goers a spectacular new interactive artwork. Mapping the contours of an urban laneway, Walton repurposes it as a canvas for a series of vibrantly animated projections, creating a paradise of verdant growth. Flowering vines twine up pipes, moss and ferns spread across the walls, while vividly coloured butterflies alight on window ledges. An echo of ages before human inhabitation, the scene entices viewers to move closer: an approach that sees the new life wither and slowly die, destroyed by the human presence, only to be renewed once more in a riot of foliage and motion as viewers move away.
Commissioned for the exhibition 'The human effect' by Yandell Walton, held as part of the 2012 Melbourne Festival and the 5th Experimenta International Biennial of Media Art, Lingham Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 14 September to 17 November 2012