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Media release – Dark Lab, 18 December 2020 DarkLab submits Development Application for $8.5 million Huon Valley art project Hobart’s DarkLab has submitted a development application to the Huon Valley Council today for an $8.5 million artwork and accompanying locally-designed visitors centre as part of Project X in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. The large-scale interactive art […]

Media release – Dark Lab, 18 December 2020

DarkLab submits Development Application for $8.5 million Huon Valley art project

Hobart’s DarkLab has submitted a development application to the Huon Valley Council today for an $8.5 million artwork and accompanying locally-designed visitors centre as part of Project X in Tasmania’s Huon Valley.

The large-scale interactive art pavilion, titled Transformer, is a permanent and site-specific commission by American artist Doug Aitken—an immersive structure with a reflective interior consisting of angles and facets, creating a never-ending kaleidoscope of light that interacts with the landscape over the changing seasons.

Transformer will be located toward the western edge of the Ida Bay State Reserve in southern Tasmania, and related visitor services infrastructure will be developed within the Ida Bay Railway precinct to facilitate the artwork’s operation whilst acknowledging the historic significance of the location.

The artwork is a federal and state government initiative funded as part of Project X, with the support of DarkLab Pty Ltd, a company owned by David Walsh. Project X is a response to the need for economic and tourism stimulation within the Huon Valley following the effects of the 2019 bushfires, and then Covid-19.

Transformer is expected to contribute $4.2 million to the region during construction, creating 28 new FTE jobs during construction, and an additional $4.8 million ongoing, creating 28 new jobs. An anticipated 30,000 visitors will be attracted to the region (Economic Impact Analysis DarkLab TRANSFORMER Project, October 2020, IPM).

“When we embarked on this ambitious project for the Huon Valley, David Walsh was in a financial position to fully underwrite the construction costs, but this year, he too has been impacted by the effects of Covid-19 on his businesses” DarkLab Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said.

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“We’re optimistic that we will find a way to realise the project, but the speed with which we can commit to building is dependent on our ability to raise further funds early in the New Year. We’re confident the results will be more than worth it, both for the region and future visitation to the state, and we are planning to open in January 2022.”

Transformer exterior rendering. Image courtesy Doug Aitken Workshop/DarkLab.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2020/12/darklab-lodges-8-5m-project-x-development-application/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=darklab-lodges-8-5m-project-x-development-application

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