Six giant illuminated humanoid figures will invade the planet this year. These giants from afar will give audiences the impression that they have just landed and are quietly and gently exploring our ‘fantastic planet’. As with Parer’s globally successful public art exhibit Intrude, these forms will not be randomly placed sculptures but can be rather strategically placed to give the impression that the giant humanoids have taken over entire event site.
Inspiration for this light installation has been taken from the 1973 Czech/ French film Fantastic Planet (French: La Planète sauvage, pictured right). This stop motion science fiction film directed by René Laloux depicted a story set in an unimaginably distant future in a world of gargantuan humanoids and where human beings are a feral race, pictured below This view is shared by naturalist and television presenter David Attenborough, where he has stated that humans are threatening their own existence and that of other species by using up the world’s resources. “We are a plague on the Earth. It’s not just climate change; it’s sheer space, places to grow food for this enormous horde. Either we limit our growth or the natural world will do it for us,” he told the BBC Radio Times.
Parer Studio’s principal creative, Amanda Parer, is an Australian artist who began her art career as a painter and sculptor in Sydney but now resides Tasmania with her family, where she focused her practice on creating and presenting public art installations around the globe.
Inspired by the dramatic Tasmanian landscape, Parer’s artwork aims to explore the natural world, it’s fragility and the role of humanity within it. When the audience visits one of these ephemeral art installations they are enticed by the play of scale, light, dark, drama, and humour.
The giants of Parer Studio’s creations stand enlarged, stimulating imaginations while offering scope for reflection about our state with the natural world.
Parer Studio art installations have been on continual display since Parer first moved to this art form in 2014 and has so far been exhibited in 100 cities around the globe and they continue to capture public and media attention where ever they go.
Parer Studio is comprised of a team of producers, engineers, lighting, digital designers and technicians working internationally to develop, create the artwork, and to manage their display.