Parramatta Marist students ‘light up’ Parramatta Lanes Festival


Year 9 and 10 Visual Arts students from Parramatta Marist last week appeared on television having been selected to participate in the Parramatta Lanes Festival and showcase their four kinetic sculptures - Serenity, ParraBatta, Fowl Play and Frills & Ruffles.

This is a huge achievement for these boys who, each night, are participating in one of Sydney's biggest performing arts and culture festivals as roaming entertainment. They earned some well deserved media attention being featured during live weather crosses on the Today Show as well as appearances on afternoon news reports for Channels 9 and 7.

Channel 7 news report

Channel 9 news report


Parramatta Lanes is a multi-site festival that transforms the spaces in the Parramatta CBD by repurposing them into themed outdoor food and entertainment destinations and new spaces for art installations and performance work. The event is the recipient of the Local Government Arts and Culture Summit Award 2014 for Public Art and Place Making, the Local Government NSW RH Doherty Award for Innovation in Special Events, and the Australian Event Award for Best Community Event 2015. Last year it drew crowds of up to 100,000 people!

This visual arts project was a real world collaboration between the students at Marist and the design team at Amigo and Amigo, who have showcased works on national and international levels. This creative collaboration created four kinetic sculptures as a response to Parramatta’s unique character.

Taking influence from their local environment of Parramatta, the students have realised their visions into moving, three dimensional artworks that are created, performed and given life to by the students and designers.

Parramatta Lanes

The Sculptures:



A hybrid serpentine creature which intertwines the forces of nature, the symbolism of animals and of a snake and eel. Its roots run deep to the culture true to the heart of Parramatta.


Parra Batta

Parra Batta highlights the significance of the Grey-headed flying fox, combining the importance of conservation of our local species alongside the industrialisation and growth of Parramatta as a city through a steampunk aesthetic.

Frills and Ruffles

Frills and Ruffles

Frills and Ruffles is a lizard, whose neck is a pendant of luminescent skyscrapers and tall buildings that radiate with alternating colours and patterns. Frills and Ruffles is the ever changing landscape that is Parramatta and symbolises progress and change.

Fowl Play

Fowl Play

Fowl Play is an owl combined with a butterfly. The work focuses on the Parramatta wildlife, in particular the endangered Powerful Owl.

Parramatta Lanes runs from 9th-12th October 2018, 5pm-10pm and Parramatta Marist has earned some media attention, being featured during live weather crosses on the Today Show showcasing the students’ kinetic sculptures as well as appearances on Channel 7 and Channel 9 afternoon news reports.

It is great to see that these creative young men have earned such high accolades in the area of the creative arts - Fortior Ito!

Click here to view and download images from this event
Learn more about Parramatta Lanes


Posted By CathEd Parra at 15/10/2018 11:56:20 AM

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