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Amanda Parer: What's That

A five-metre-tall inflatable humanoid will tower over Portside Wharf throughout September.
By Sarah Ward
August 17, 2021
By Sarah Ward
August 17, 2021

It's always handy when an artwork tells you exactly what to say when you see it — and when you lock eyes on Amanda Parer's What's That, you will indeed exclaim the piece's name. You'll also feel like you're in a sci-fi movie, too, given that you'll be looking up at (and standing beneath) a five-metre-tall inflatable humanoid.

What's That's towering figure is actually in a crouching position, but that doesn't make it any less of a sight to behold. Parer has been placing these vivid creations at different spots around the world, and now it's Brisbane's turn from Tuesday, August 31–Sunday, September 26.

You'll need to head to Portside Wharf to get a glimpse — and if you're wondering what inspired Parer, she's taken her cues from the 1973 film Fantastic Planet. (If you've seen the movie, you'll know why. If you haven't, consider this some motivation to add it to your must-watch list.)

It's a great time to see luminous art and installations around Brissie, given that Parer's botanical-themed Lost is also popping up in West End this September. Courtesy of multidisciplinary studio ENESS, the equally eye-catching Sky Castle and Airship Orchestra are also temporarily making their homes at Northshore Hamilton, just up the road from Portside Wharf.

Images: Claudia Baxter.

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