Look, it’s art!
Alexander Knox has been commissioned by the City of Melbourne to turn the “I’m-sure-it’s-got-a-lovely-personality” Royal Mail House into something more striking. This 1967 structure is rapidly becoming one of Melbourne’s Ugliest Buildings since we’ve been tearing down everything else that displeases us, so it’s probably feeling in need of a bit of love. Knox‘s work uses lightboxes to produce moving colours across the face of the building.
According to the City Of Melbourne website, “The imagery, produced from abstracted video footage of the city’s light, colour and movement acts as a mimetic device, echoing and feeding off its surrounds. The striking installation becomes an integral part of the night scape, complementing the floodlit surroundings, creating an organic synthesis of movement and light. The title of the work is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem Phantasmagoria in which the author draws an insightful parallel between ghost and ourselves.”
I have no idea what that means, but who cares – it’s shiny. Here’s some more pics:
Ever wondered what this building replaced?
Yeah, who wants one of those? While we’re looking at dead hotels, here’s the vestibule of The Federal Hotel, south-west corner of Collins and King Streets.
And finally, The Happiest People In The World Ever have gathered in the dining room of The Menzies Hotel, formerly on the corner of Bourke and William Streets.
Historic images all come from the forums of Walking Melbourne. Alexander Knox’s maxims of behaviour can be seen on Royal Mail House, corner of Bourke and Swanston streets, from dusk each day.