Artist Lara Thoms’ surreal Westfield Hurstville project opened on Thursday evening 4 April amid the retail complex’s usual hustle and bustle of shoppers loaded with bags and carts, food court diners and children screaming on little amusement rides.
The event began at Centre Court with a guided tour of Westfield Hurstville by Lara Thoms, Hurstville City Council Historical and Cultural Services Coordinator Gemma Beswick, Westfield Hurstville Centre Manager Linda Hurst and C3West Curator Anne Loxley. A judging panel made up of MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, Cr Dominic Sin and visual merchandising consultant Charmaine Corcoran studied the shop displays along the way.
Once back at Centre Court, and while the Central Monument dispensed the Ultimate Drink (water), Ultimate Music (rap) and Ultimate Smell (strawberry) to bystanders, Anne Loxley, Westfield Hurstville Marketing Manager Regan Kempthorne and Liz Ann Macgregor delivered speeches and announced the winning shop display – Watchworks – who the MCA thanks for setting hundreds of watches and clocks to midnight as a tribute to the Ultimate Time.
Visitors then made their way to Greater Union cinema for the first public viewing of the Screen Monument. Upon arrival, they were greeted by a red carpet and a paparazzo. Once inside, they got to watch charming local Jaiden play local school boy Thomas Kim, the Ultimate Person. The short film, a collaboration between Lara Thoms, local budding writer Kevin Jin and Sydney artist Kate Blackmore, focuses on the teenager’s journey through Westfield while considering the labyrinthine nature of the shopping centre architecture and the specific ways that young people spend time there.
The event concluded with further tours and much consumption of the Ultimate Food – ice cream.
Coinciding with National Youth Week, Ultimate Vision – Monuments to Us celebrates and empowers Hurstville’s youth with monuments to their favourite things in surprising locations throughout Westfield such as Dick Smith, MYER, Target, Wanted Shoes or Vibe Clothing. The project runs until 10 April and is definitely worth a visit. As C3West Curator Anne Loxley says, 'the train to Hurstville is speedy – and the restaurants there are awesome!’
For more on this and other C3West projects, visit the webpage
The dedicated Facebook page provides further background information on the project.
Lara Thoms’ biography can be found on Performance Space’s website
And if you are wondering where Westfield Hurstville is, it is here
Posted by Kelly Stone