Tom Borgas '13 Spheres (Klein Blue) Public Art Program

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Tom Borgas installed the new public sculptural work ‘13 Spheres (Klein Blue)’ in Adelaide’s Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga, October 27, 2016 - Nov 28th 2016. Presented by The Mill Adelaide’s Public Art Program and the Adelaide City Council. 

The Mill Adelaide’s Tim Watts says, “We’re very excited to welcome Tom Borgas back from Portugal and engage him in this public art installation. We’re looking forward to seeing how Adelaide responds to the work being in such a prominent location.” The Mill Adelaide’s Amber Cronin explains, “Borgas’ practice is developing a strong, distinguishable aesthetic and is always engaging and purposeful.”

About the work:

Borgas will install thirteen, large blue spheres into the landscape of Adelaide’s central and most recognisable public space, Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga. The work challenges the public to reconsider a familiar environment and experience the space in new ways during events, festivals and ceremonies. The work will continually morph throughout its lifespan with Borgas altering the spheres’ configuration on three occasions. ‘Yves Klein’ refers to the particular shade of blue used by Borgas in this work.

About the artist:

Tom Borgas is an Australian artists who has exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia, The Jam Factory, Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart, FELTspace ARI, Hatched 2013 and PICA Salon 2014.

He is the recipient of a number of awards including the NAVA Ignition Prize for professional practice, the Hill Smith Gallery/Helpmann Academy Friends Travel Prize and the 2015 Lismore Regional Gallery Splendour in the Grass New Art Commission. Borgas’ sculptural works behave as interventions in natural environments. The artist creates a dynamic by installing synthetic, geometric shapes into a landscape, and asking the audience to reconsider their surroundings.

Glitchy geometric forms emerge suddenly from known surroundings as a polarity to their location, spilling over from their digital existence and into the landscape. Borgas describes his work as, “dealing with the narrowing divide between digital and analogue – or virtual and real.” Further examples of the artist’s public sculptural work can be found here: