The classic game of dominoes is getting a size upgrade in Melbourne on Saturday, February 6.
In an Australian first, the city will be brought to a standstill through a two-kilometre chain of more than 7000 giant dominoes.
Arts Centre Melbourne’s Dominoes art project will line up thousands of breeze-blocks to create a moving sculpture through the city, winding along paths and laneways, through buildings, squares and promenades to symbolically as well as physically link the city’s diverse communities in a chain of cause and effect.
The interactive spectacle is Arts Centre Melbourne’s third project in the Betty Amsden Participation Program, dedicated to celebrating individual creativity.
The program previously filled the streets of Melbourne with 24 pianos decorated by community groups in the Play Me, I’m Yours event in 2014.
This year, 7000 little wooden houses adorned with feelings of home by individuals from all over Victoria filled our streets, parks and city hubs to create the social media success Home.
Dominoes works with the internationally renowned UK performance company Station House Opera, which conceived and directed the first Dominoes celebration for the London Olympics arts festival and which has presented Dominoes in more than 10 European cities.
The Australian premiere is the first time Dominoes has been presented outside Europe. The mini-falls will be positioned in an array of locations across Melbourne’s suburbs including the bay, community housing, houses, suburban streets, sports facilities, eateries and public gathering places.
The line will work its way through the urban fabric of Melbourne to create a memorable celebration for all that live, work or visit our city.
Patrons should keep their eye out as runs will occasionally disappear from sight and then resurface, sometimes pausing for sculptural performances during the special day.
To create the extraordinary event, Arts Centre Melbourne will require hundreds of volunteers to help build the two-kilometre line of dominoes, guard the line and provide information to the public.