Skunk’s stunning art

The new installation at Pacific Werribee. Photo: Supplied/Photos OLP (on location photography)/ Copyright Skunk Control Victoria University 2019.

By Alesha Capone

A team of artistic engineers and scientists from Victoria University has created a unique art installation at Pacific Werribee.

The team, known as Skunk Control, has made a landscape of large colourful flowers which have been suspended from the roof of the shopping centre.

The installation, titled Horizon, changes colours depending on the angle from which it is viewed. The flowers have been made from specialised optical materials that alter light as it travels through them.

Skunk Patrol, which is based at Victoria University’s Footscray Park campus, takes its inspiration from technology, design, art, myths, science and engineering.

The team aims to create art which provides audiences with a sense of wonderment and opportunities to make discoveries.

Skunk Patrol, is made up of VU engineers, scientists and staff from an educational background, and runs outreach and learning programs focused on the art and science which underpins its creations.

Skunk Control founder Nick Athanasiou said that while many people think science and art are quite different, both ask “the big questions”.

“A scientist’s lab is not very different than an artist’s studio for searching, thinking, creating and doing,” he said.