Fantastic Planet's 40-feet-tall humanoids invade Brisbane

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September 15, 2017 11:42:43

Five giant humanoids have been placed around Brisbane. Have you seen them?

The installation, titled Fantastic Planet, is part of the Brisbane Festival and involves 40-feet-tall inflatable white human-like objects.

The Brisbane International Airport, Queensland Performing Arts Centre and South Bank are just three of the sites that have been invaded.

Artist Amanda Parer said the humanoids aimed to give the public the sense that they’re being watched.

She said some of the figures are hidden around corners and on top of buildings.

“It’s like a giant analogue Pokemon really.

“People [when they see them] say they’re surprised and that they feel like they’re visiting a fantasy world.

“Many people are walking through these spaces daily. I like to change that daily perspective for them.”

Inspired by sci-fi film

Parer said inspiration for the installation came from the 1973 Czech/French animated science-fiction film Fantastic Planet.

The film is set in the future in a world inhabited by gargantuan humanoids and where humans are a savage race.

“I would see this movie Fantastic Planet late at night on SBS and thought about making these giants to observe us and make us question our effect on the planet.”

Since its creation a year ago, the installation has featured in cities around the world including Prague, Amsterdam and Montreal.

“People can approach these pieces and see them for what they are quite effectively,” Parer said.

“But being artwork they can delve deeper and look at the sizes and the fact they are glowing to find more meaning.

“Yet if they just see them as figures, that’s fine too.”

How do you move a humanoid?

Although some pieces are 13 metres long, they are easy to move due to being inflatable.

“When they aren’t full of air they fold down like giant sleeping bags so you stuff them into road cases,” Parer said.

“The five here in Brisbane pack down into six road cases and are freighted around the world.”

During the strong winds in Brisbane this week many of the figures had to be deflated for 24 hours to avoid being blown away.

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