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Trinity News : December 2012
Whilst exploring in class the central idea Light sustains and enhances life , Year 5 embarked on a journey into artistic expression in an effort to understand how light is used in art. As a part of this topic, Year 5 took a ferry to Cockatoo Island on Tuesday the 4th September to view the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Of all the exhibits they viewed, Fujiko Nakaya’s Living Chasm was one of their favourites. Nakaya is well-known for her use of fog, and the fog tumbling from the cliff face certainly captured the imagination of the boys. It also provided a base for discussion back in class about how different substances reflect light and which substances allow light to pass through. Philip Beesley’s installation Sybil, from his Hylozoic series was another installation that captured the boys’ interest. The delicate glass spines which glowed in response to approaching visitors and the feather-like arms that moved as you approached, amazed the boys as they tried to work out exactly how this art installation managed to interact with its audience. What a fascinating way to explore science through art! | Nadia McCallum main photo: Oscar Jones 5Du Nick Sheppard 5Du Callum Clayton 5S on the Ferry top left: Fujiko Nakaya’s Living Chasm top right: Light Installation above: Jasper Cheung 5Ch Life, Art and Life! YR5BIENNALE TRINITY NEWS 35