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MEDUSA by Plastique Fantastique
MEDUSA by Plastique Fantastique

NCA takes a strategic approach to fostering awareness of the Capital,

A valued Silver Partner for DESIGN Canberra, the National Capital Authority, or NCA, takes a strategic approach to fostering awareness of the Capital, encouraging community participation in and appreciation for the attributes of Canberra that are of national significance. This includes significant landscapes and attractions such as Lake Burley Griffin, where DESIGN Canberra is hosting Plastique Fantastique’s MEDUSA installation throughout the 2019 DESIGN Canberra festival.

Along the bank of Lake Burley Griffin in Commonwealth Place, MEDUSA will revitalise the waterfront inviting the citizens into the creative process with programs organised by Design Canberra Festival.

MEDUSA is 250 cubic meter space deflating to a 50kg package. Installation and deinstallation are rapid and require minimal labour. The structure is packed in a box for shipping to other locations to be re-installed. Anchoring is only by sandbags; sand is later donated to schools. The site is returned to its original condition and the installation continues its cycle.

MEDUSA is travelling from London, Valencia, Berlin and now to Canberra. Her compact shipping profile means minimal transportation emissions. She will continue the journey and at a certain point in her life, she will be upcycled to become reusable rain jackets, revitalising her memories from different cities in the world.

Thanks to the generous support of the National Capital Authority, designer Yena Young and the MEDUSA installation are a major feature of the 2019 DESIGN Canberra festival. Thanks also to the Goethe Institut, the Capital Airport Group and the Delegation of the European Union for their generous support of this exciting activation of the Lake Burley Griffin landscape.