The Falling Back to Earth exhibition by artist Cai Guo-Qiang currently showing at Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is unquestionably worth a visit. It features four installations, two of which were inspired by the rugged and beautiful landscape of South East Queensland after the Chinese born, New York based artist explored the area himself back in 2011.
The Heritage installation is our favourite because there is no where else in the world where you’d find 99 wild animals gathered around a single waterhole. The hierarchy of the animal kingdom are defied and all you notice is the beauty of the details.
Head on 2006 creates a dramatic scene of 99 life size replica wolves leaping through the air, colliding head on into a glass wall, only to rejoin the end of the line and do it all over again. The installation portrays something quite brutal and represents the mentality of a pack of wolves which is to blindly and foolishly (but faithfully) follow each other whilst ignoring the consequence.
The sheer size of Eucalyptus 2013 is enough to get your undivided attention as soon as you enter the exhibition. What we love is how Cai Guo-Qiang has created something so beautiful and mind blowing from something as simple as a tree. The 30 metre fallen eucalyptus was rescued from destruction at a development site within the Lamington National Park, and coming from somewhere so close to home only deepens the connection local exhibition goers have with the piece. To be honest, all I could think about whilst standing there in aw was, how the heck did they get this through the door?
Falling Back to Earth is showing until 11 May 2014, so make sure you don’t miss out!