Highpoint is proud to feature works by Australian Artists as part of an ongoing commitment to foster creativity and a connected community that celebrates the diversity, culture, and values of the West. 

‘Ultra Violet’ by Alexander Knox – November 2005 (Level 2, outside near Rivers)

Ultra Violet By Alexander Knox 

Knox’s art practice draws on a diverse range of ideas and influences from nature and the constructed world. He looks for ways to communicate multilayered ideas of place and meaning through a coded and sensorial language. His works employs striking sculptural elements that dynamically engage with their environment and the viewer. To this end Knox uses a multitude of devices including active lighting, optical effects and in some cases audio and kinetic elements. Through these processes Knox explores issues relating to perception, identity, and subjectivity within the immersive culture of a late capitalist spectacle.

Highpoint acts as a vast town centre where crowds of people and their cars are funnelled through elaborately managed systems, which are often renegotiated into a myriad of uses by Melbourne’s inner north and western diverse ethnic and cultural groups, and the demands they make of their town. This mass of humanity that surges and ebbs throughout the centre everyday create an organic entity that is at once individual and collective.

Ultraviolet is a rhapsodic exploration of the swarm; in particular the displays of synchronised behaviour that become a single mega organism seemingly possessed by emphatic purpose. This phenomenon of individuality that interacts with each other without obvious leadership towards common outcomes is a type of self-organising behaviour that peaks interest from the likes of advertisers to stadium designers all eager to learn the pragmatic wisdom of the group - that a large group of individual creatures communicate to their flock-mates a number of commands and checks, combining to create a complex and flexible behavioural system.

Formally the work Ultra Violet consists of a spline, a line of flight drawn in three dimensions in steel that dives into the ground plane and reappears as if unimpeded. Following or perhaps creating this path is the swarm, a group of several hundred polychromic fragments. These fragments mass in dynamic forms suggesting the actions of attraction, repulsion, and peer referenced orientation, all flocking strategies we instinctually employ in the course of our everyday lives.

‘Western Star' by Constanze Zikos – January 2014 (Level 3, Northern Mall)

Western Star by Constanze Zikos

Stars and banners appear as symbols, guides, and emblems in a diverse range of compositions, forging nations towards unity and understanding in a new meeting place. This artwork provokes a feeling within existing and future shoppers, nearby residents, visitors, retailers and staff, all seeking a potential assimilation in search of a new meeting place inspired by the conversation of art.

The Western Star is visually engaging both during the day and the night – chosen reflective mirror materials and colours reflect both natural and artificial lighting, creating different moods within different angles and designs.

The communities of Melbourne’s West, past and present, have offered a diverse range of cultural offerings and personalities in their own metamorphosis, and these colourful lifestyles, traditions, high-end fashions and modern architecture have inspired this work.

‘Wave Drawings 1-8’ by Kerrie Poliness – March 2013 (Level 2&3 escalators)

Wave Drawings 1-8 by Kerri Poliness

Kerrie Poliness' Wave Drawings respond to the geology of the local region and the movement of people through the space. Designed to reflect the rich working-class background and history, the eight large-scale wall works were launched in 2013, sprawling up the walls between car park and retail therapy.

From the lava flows of the volcanic plains of western Victoria to the waves of migration that saw this part of the city grow and sprawl, Poliness drew on her work with the Living Museum of the West, where she has collaborated on a geographical survey of the area, to devise Wave Drawings, a multi-coloured collection of intricate geometric patterns marked out in vinyl tape.

''There are 400 volcanoes between Melbourne and South Australia and they were all erupting at different times. So the lava flow and ooze and all that sort of thing from the volcanoes has basically, in layers, created the structure of the Western District,'' says Poliness. ''Highpoint sits on top of the edge of one of those really big volcano lava waves so it's like it's on the crest of the wave. And since I've had that concept in my head I haven't been able to think of it any other way.''

‘Family’ by Deborah Halpern – 1995 (Level 2, Atrium Food Court Fountain)

Family by Deborah Halpern

Deborah Halpern is one of Australia’s most celebrated sculptors, known for her wildly colourful mosaic work. Creator of many of Melbourne’s most loved public sculptures, Halpern’s works exude an innate vitality and alluring simplicity. Spontaneous in form, her creatures are created in a style that recalls visions of Gaudi, Picasso and the playful surrealism of French sculptor Niki De Saint Phalle, yet all have become distinctly Halpernesque in their ability to delight and surprise.

Halpern is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores the mediums of sculpture, painting, pottery, glass blowing and printmaking. Her work can be exuberant and whimsical but is also imbued with a deep artistry. Over her 33-year career Halpern has produced an extraordinary body of work and through her numerous public sculptures has become well known and respected within the community.

In her particular world view, Deborah Halpern was greatly influenced by her parents, artists Sylvia and Artek Halpern, who would often speak to Deborah of the ‘brotherhood of man’, and Halpern came to see the planet as her family, inspiring works such as the beloved fountain installation in the Atrium Food Court precinct.



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