On Wednesday the 4th of December, renowned Australian artist Ken Unsworth unveiled his most recent work – ‘Fascination’, at the Theme & Variations Showroom in Willoughby. A Bluthner Grand from 1924 from Theme & Variations was used for the installation, fitted with 5 specifically blown balloons of glass, with 5 variable noise sensors.
Unsworth first had thoughts of the project as far back as 1995, although the installation was not finished until 2015. The glass fittings were blown on the 29th of May at the Canberra Glassworks in Kingston, ACT. Each piece of glass weights 14kg. After the glass was blown, it was then transported to Sydney to be fitted to the piano.
Music and the piano has always been a focal point with Unsworth, as much inspiration came from his wife who was a concert pianist at the age of 6.
The lights in the glass are stimulated by sound and vibrations and their brightness is influenced by the volume of sound produced.
The unveiling of ‘Fascination’ was part of a special lecture given by Unsworth, about his career, his inspirations and his works. The debut performance of the instrument was given by pianist Andrew Rumsey. There are performances scheduled for 2016 in other cities around Australia where ‘Fascination’ will appear on-stage.