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Archrival’s Arena Calcetto comes to Sydney

August 14, 2013

Arena Calcetto, an installation of six custom-designed fussball tables created for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, will go on show in Sydney this September for the Art & About festival.

One of the six projects included in the Australian pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale will be installed in Sydney this September as part of the Art & About festival for public art.

Arena Calcetto is a live and interactive installation, featuring six sculptural timber towers that frame bespoke fussball tables. The project engages the audience by inviting their participation in the game – allowing them to use, touch and encounter the work in different ways.

The project is the work of Chaire McCaughan and Lucy Humphrey, founders of Sydney-based studio, Archrival. It reflects the studio’s interest in installations that invite public participation, and also tells a story of collaboration: each of the tables features teams of handmade pieces that have been been intricately detailed by more than 100 individuals from 10 different countries.

In keeping with the Art & About festival’s theme, ‘Art in Unusual Places’, the project will be on show at Paddington Reservoir Gardens.

In the coming weeks, Archrival will be working with local artists in a series of workshops to create new pieces as part of the exhibit. These pieces will then be displayed at the gardens and in shopfronts along Oxford Street.

Arena Calcetto will be installed at Paddington Reservoir Gardens from 20 September until 20 October for the 2013 Art & About festival.

Arena Calcetto, by Archrival from Australian Design Review on Vimeo.

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