Kaleidoscope is a Mirror Maze to Lose Yourself
Kaleidoscope is an epic installation coming to Geelong's Johnstone Park that transports you into a world of constantly shifting illusions through the use of glass, steel, mirrors and moving prisms.
The major art installation by artist Keith Courtney is an unmissable mirror maze that will have you looking up, down and around you in a whole new way.
Kaleidoscope Geelong uses the same concept as the kaleidoscope from your childhood – remember that little exciting tube using mirrors and coloured glass to create ever-changing patterns through a tiny eyehole?
This large-scale kaleidoscope blows up the small toy into a labyrinth of mirrored corridors to create an immersive artwork that displays a symphony of light, colour and sound.
Kaleidoscope at Arts Centre Melbourne 2022
You might even find that through your visit, your sense of motion and gravity feels a bit distorted. Spaces fracture, surprise and disorientate the senses at every turn.
During our visit in 2022 at the Arts Centre Melbourne, the kids loved to play an infinite game of hide-and-seek. It's hard to know what is a wall and what is a mirror – step gingerly!
Keith Courtney is an acclaimed Melbourne-based artist who has been making some of the most fascinating art projects in collaboration with major Australian festivals, international artists and venues.
Courtney is well-known to Melbourne audiences for other large-scale art projects such as ‘The House of Mirrors’ and ‘1000 Doors’.
These were also previously featured at the Arts Centre Melbourne forecourt, and were so popular that the projects toured major cities across the globe – attracting more than half a million visitors.
While the concept of Kaleidoscope is created by Courtney, the artwork is a collaboration with visual artist Ash Keating – notice his distinctive streaks of bold colour on the outside – composer Tamil Rogeon and artist Samantha Slicer alongside a team of highly skilled technicians.
The Kaleidoscope mirror maze is fun at any time of day, but I highly recommend visiting at night when it is lit up in a myriad of rainbow colours. This will help you to better experience the multi-sensory journey of sound and light within the artwork.
Kaleidoscope is open daily in Geelong's Johnstone Park forecourt from Saturday 13 May to Sunday 18 June 2023. Be sure to check sunset times before booking to choose between day time and night-time experiences.