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Atelier Sisu: Alcazar

A seven-metre-tall palace of light and colour is popping up outside HOTA, Home of the Arts.
By Sarah Ward
September 07, 2022
By Sarah Ward
September 07, 2022

A glowing palace is coming to the Gold Coast — but just for ten days. From Friday, September 16–Sunday, September 25, it'll tower outside HOTA, Home of the Arts, as part of the venue's Wonder arts festival.

That structure, called Alcazar, spans seven metres in height — and 13 metres in width. Mixing art and architecture, it looks like a series of stacked circles, reaching up three levels. Yes, you can indeed walk through the installation. In fact, you're meant to in order to see how both light and colour shift throughout the space. Even better: it's a different experience in the daylight, when the sun beams over the outer facade, and at night, when internal lights get luminous.

Free to see at the site's outdoor stage for ten spring days, Alcazar hails from the artists at Sydney-based design studio Atelier Sisu, and is having its world premiere at HOTA. It'll be open from 9am–9pm on September 16, 19–21 and 23; 9am–5pm on September 17, 22 and 24; and 7am–9pm on September 18 and 25.

On Sunday, September 18, an early-morning yoga session will take over Alcazar, too — and on Saturday, September 24, the Lux de da Luna dinner will serve up a five-course meal with the installation as a backdrop.

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