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Wollongong City Council

Inflatable Community Sculptures

Colourful creations in Crown Street Mall

15-24 Sept, 9am-9pm. Crown Street Mall, Wollongong.
Gear up for Spin Fest

We’re welcoming the world to Wollongong this September. As the world’s best cyclists compete right here in the UCI Road World Championships, we’re rolling out the fun with Spin Fest – a free and all ages community celebration. The creative program will have something for everyone, from BMX to beach parties.

Signature inflatable artwork

One exciting element of the Spin Fest program is a collection of larger-than-life inflatable sculptures that will take pride of place in Crown Street Mall. Council has partnered with The Beautiful and Useful Studio to create these artworks. Led by artist Matthew Aberline, the studio is renowned for their inventive colourful creations that have been displayed in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Copenhagen and London.

The pieces have been designed through collaborative community workshops with participants combining bold colours and graphic prints to create a truly unique piece. The fun, inflatable elements of the sculpture will spark curiosity during the day, and be illuminated from within at night.

Design process

The Beautiful and Useful Studio hosted four community workshops in July. Matthew and creative partner Maurice Goldberg encouraged participants to explore their creativity in new ways. The creative marks designed in these workshops were then transformed by The Beautiful and Useful Studio to form part of the finished artworks.

Workshop participants included students from Figtree High School and TAFE NSW Illawarra, and a diverse group of Wollongong locals.

When + where:

The pieces will be on display from 15th to 24th September, from 9am-9pm daily.

They will be located in the outdoor mall near the stage - at the corner of Crown Street Mall and Church Street.

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Spin Fest is proudly produced by Wollongong City Council.