Silverscreen by Callum Morton at the new MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art)

Monash University has launched Silverscreen 2010 – The Marc and Eva Besen Commission – by Callum Morton, one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists.

Propped between two buildings on Dandenong Road, Silverscreen provides a declarative identity for the Museum, and a ceremonial entry for visitors to MUMA, ushering them from the street to the sculpture court and the entrance to the museum.
More than 20 metres high, and constructed from galvanized steel and energy-efficient LED lights, Silverscreen is inspired by the mid-twentieth century form of the drive-in cinema screen, a modern technology related to economies of entertainment, spectacle and visual modes of public address.

Morton’s Silverscreen makes reference to a number of canonical sculptural, museum and architectural forms: Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International 1917, a utopian albeit unrealised symbol of modernity; Cedric Price’s Fun Palace 1961, with its experimental urbanism and interest in processes of transformation and play, information and identity; and Rogers and Piano’s Pompidou Centre 1972-76, with its principles of transparency and circulation, daring structural assemblage and interaction between museum and urban context.







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