The Mondrian Cube was first commissioned for the Vivid Sydney 2016 festival. Taking inspiration from Dutch artist Piet Mondrian and the De Stilj movement, this two-metre-tall interactive lighting installation features bold dark lines enclosing blocks of primary colours. Visitors of the Vivid festival can change the colour arrangement of each side by simply pressing against each rectangular block, thus creating their own Mondrian artwork.

The installation was wholly built and designed by undergraduate UNSW students from different faculties and disciplines. Though the Mondrian Cube, CREATE encouraged members to push beyond their boundaries and manage a real-life engineering project, allowing them to develop valuable skills through student collaboration.

(For Behind the Scenes photos click here. To read UNSW Newsroom’s article on the installation, click here.)

Artists: Christopher Ho, Yunzhen Zhang, Scott Fraser

Collaborators: Jessica Tanzil, Laura González Llamazares, Daniel Castillo

The CREATE Vivid team would like to thank the staff of UNSW Art and Design toolroom (Jim Ward, Alex Byrne, Kamilia Sheppard and Francois Breuillaud-Limondin), for their continual mentorship and support thoughout the construction process.

The CREATE Vivid team would also like to thank the following volunteers who have came onboard to help in the assembly and/or final logistical stages of the project:

Laura Lau, Samson Banzi, Nathan Adler, Sam Cassisi, Kate Apel, William Luo, Ray Zeng, Sussane Shaller, Gregory Quirk, Zac Lew, Chris Blundell, Aidan Hartley, Anthony Feizi-Sobbi, Lakshan Jayakody, Austin Kong, Patrick Huang, Ade Doyin Ogunniyi, Roshen Mathews, Kalina Li, William Hales, Alex Yellachich, Jordan Forsyth

Finally, CREATE acknowledges the following faculties and organisations who have supported the project in one way or another: UNSW Art and Design, Arc @ UNSW, UNSW Engineering, AGB Events, Events Engineering.