Shine unveils ‘The Dance’ at Canberra Centre

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THE Canberra Centre this morning revealed a commissioned installation by artist-designer Benjamin Shine, on public display throughout the coming months.

Benjamin Shine with male face  in 'The Dance'
Benjamin Shine with male face in ‘The Dance’

The piece, titled ‘The Dance’, explores the idea of creativity as a powerful yet brief force charged with passion and energy — The Dance.

A white circular vessel releases a plume of high into the air, engulfing the ceiling above. The colours converge to form two large faces and a series of dancing figures, silhouetted within the flowing fabric.

The piece impressively utilises over 2000 metres of tulle constructed by folding and hand-sewing the fabric into place.

“The collaboration with Benjamin Shine marks an exciting trajectory for the Centre,” said Amanda Paradiso, Centre Manager at Canberra Centre.

Shine said there was a growing desire, especially by leading fashion brands, to introduce art and culture to their customers. For over a decade he has been exploring the idea of bringing tulle to life through his processes of ‘painting with fabric’.

The installation may be seen on Level 1 of the Canberra Centre.

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