The Inflatable island sculpture is visiting different landscapes around the world in an ongoing photo series, which started at the Venice Biennale in 2013, where the Inflatable Island was first shown as part of The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show. Since Venice The Inflatable island has visited New Zealand, USA, Spain, Poland, Australia, Denmark, China, Israel and The Netherlands with more places to follow.
The island acts as a sculptural prop representing the climate refugees from Maldives and elsewhere, who most likely will need to find a new home sometime soon. The inflatable island further sits in the context of art and ecology and the history of land art from the 1960-70’s in that the island represents a piece of the land (Maldives) and suggests some sort of radical transformation is required in order to adapt to the new conditions brought by climate change and humanities impact on the planet.
As the island travels around in the new geological era known as The Anthropocene (shaped by humans) landscape, will it find a new home in any of these foreign lands? And will it be welcomed?
Made in collaboration with students from Princess Hill Primary School in Melbourne, 2016.