An evocative reimagining of the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens, by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang Temple of Boom is the NGV Architecture Commission for 2022 – an annual series that invites Australian architects to create a site-specific ephemeral work of architecture for the NGV Garden.
“One of the most famous examples of classical architecture, the Parthenon in Athens is often seen as a powerful symbol of Western art and culture,” said Tony Ellwood AM, director of NGV.
“This thought-provoking work by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang invites us to reflect on how we create and give meaning to architecture, and how that meaning can evolve across time and cultures.”
A global architectural icon, the Parthenon, a temple of ancient Greece, is a supreme symbol of Western civilization, democracy and perfection. Temple of Boom celebrates these interpretations, while simultaneously expanding our understanding of the iconic Parthenon building and the enduring beauty that emanates from it.
The Parthenon’s likeness will be painted with large-scale, layered artwork by Melbourne-based artists, imbuing the ancient landmark with additional layers of meaning and drawing inspiration from the vibrant colors and artistic embellishments that have defined the building as origin more than two thousand years ago. .
Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang invite the audience to reflect on the conversations that are allowed when this ancient building is seen in new and surprising contexts. In particular, the projects ask us to consider the effect of time on any architecture.
Temple of Boom reflects the slow but unstoppable processes of change that transform all cultural, geological and ecological systems. The geological forces that shape the world, the layers that accumulate as cities grow over generations, the rise and fall of monuments against a backdrop of social, political and cultural change.
Taking its name from the vibrations of music, Temple of Boom is designed as a meeting place for the community and an outdoor venue for a diverse program of performances, programs and live music hosted by NGV throughout the summer period.
“A subject close to my heart, this year’s NGV Architectural Commission reinvents an ancient Greek icon while celebrating all things Melbourne – architecture, art and music,” said the Minister for Industries. creative, MP Steve Dimopoulos.
“It provides a place for the whole community to meet, connect, reflect – and even dance, while showcasing the excellence of Victorian design.”
Since its inception in 2016, the NGV Annual Architecture Commission has enlivened the NGV’s Grollo Esquiset Garden, creating a place for community, programs and events, and a respite from the summer sun.
From a pink swimming pool inspired by Australia’s inland salt lakes to a thought-provoking reflection on the architectural heritage of traditional owners, the 2022 Architectural Commission marks the seventh iteration of the series.
The NGV 2022 Architecture Commission is supported by lead partner Macquarie Group, design partner RMIT University and the Hugh DT Williamson Foundation. The NGV Architecture Commission design competition process is developed and implemented by CityLab.
The NGV 2022 Architecture Commission: Temple of the Boom will be on display from 16 November 2022 at NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne. FREE ENTRANCE. For more information visit: NGV.MELBOURNE for details.
Image: Rendering of NGV 2022 Architecture Commission: Temple of the Boom by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang – courtesy of Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang.