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TWIN MINIGAGARIN, Plastique Fantastique, Canberra Airport. Photo: 5 Foot Photography
TWIN MINIGAGARIN, Plastique Fantastique, Canberra Airport. Photo: 5 Foot Photography

TWIN MINIGAGARIN at Canberra Airport

Acclaimed Berlin-based design team, Plastique Fantastique, has created a new inflatable installation especially for the Canberra Airport — a new take on the MINIGAGARIN series for the DESIGN Canberra festival.
TWIN MINIGAGARIN investigates urban and social issues in a playful manner.
The futuristic look of TWIN MINIGAGARIN invites people to enter, have fun and engage with public space. Its tactile and aesthetic qualities provoke immediate and sensual reactions, regardless of people’s age, education or cultural background. The play of form, colour and transparency in the installation encourages audiences to engage directly with the work, creating a unique relationship to the surrounding context of Canberra Airport.
TWIN MINIGAGARIN embodies appropriate and respectful use of materials. The structure is reusable and modular, allowing the individual pods to be reconfigured and enabling a meaningful connection to the site.
TWIN MINIGAGARIN is presented as part of the annual DESIGN Canberra festival (4-24 November 2019) which celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design. The DESIGN Canberra festival is a Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre initiative.
Plastique Fantastique’s Canberra program has been made possible with the generous support of The Goethe Institut, Canberra Airport Group and The European Union Delegation to Australia.
Plastique Fantastique is a platform for temporary architecture which samples the performative possibilities of urban environments. Established in Berlin in 1999, Plastique Fantastique has been influenced by the unique circumstances that made the city a laboratory for temporary spaces and has specialised in creating pneumatic installations as alternative, adaptable, low energy spaces for temporary and ephemeral activities.

The transparent, lightweight and mobile shell structures relate to the notion of activating, creating and sharing public space and involving citizens in creative processes. They are in many ways the simplest of structures – a skin that separates but also connects. The result is a site-specific installation that breathes new life into the city and makes the invisible visible.