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Amanda Parer: Fantastic Planet at Night Feast

Sci-fi-inspired giants are towering over Brisbane Powerhouse during its first-ever neon-lit Night Feast.
By Sarah Ward
February 28, 2023
By Sarah Ward
February 28, 2023

During its debut Night Feast, Brisbane Powerhouse will be filled with people — and not just in the way you'd expect. Plenty of Brissie folks will flock to the riverside space for bites to eat, drinks to sip and fire pits to sit by, and they'll be joined by giant humanoids eager to explore our fantastic planet.

Taking inspiration from the 1973 animated flick Fantastic Planet, this larger-than-life light installation from artist Amanda Parer will take over the New Farm venue with a towering spectacle of out-of-this-world sights. With the movie set in a world where such gargantuans roam the earth, rendering humanity as we know it savages, consider this bright, bold piece the next best thing to stepping into that realm.

Amanda Parer, Kanizaj for Klanglich

Operating 4.30–9.30pm from Wednesday–Sunday in its first two weeks — then starting at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, March 18 — at the Powerhouse forecourt, Fantastic Planet will make its presence known next to the building's iconic facade. If you start thinking about how fragile and humble life is when faced with something so huge, that's the point.

As for the rest of Night Feast, it pairs food from top Brissie chefs with roving performances and an impressive arts program — laser beams that look like intergalactic events included.

Markus Ravik

Top image: Lachlan Douglas.

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