The Altitude Project is a contemporary art event held on historically linked sites across the sandstone ridges of the high altitude World Heritage Area of the Blue Mountains: Linden Observatory, Kingsford Smith Park and Melrose Park. The artistic vision encompassed the themes of aviation and astronomy and drews on the histories of individual endeavour and use of technology to reach the sky that are signified by the two parks, named after pioneering aviators, and the observatory which displays the innovative technical skills of Ken Beames, the only amateur telescope maker in Australia during the 1940’s. The project spanned 2017 and 2018.
Eleven artists exhibited technologically innovative works across the three sites, utilising a range of media including sound art; interactive sculptural and digital works and works involving laser and GPS mapping. In responding to the site artists are invited to engage with the histories, technologies, and the science of early aviation and night-sky watching that are evoked by the sites.
Director/Curator: Miriam Williamson Curator: Mahalya Middlemist
Artists: Michaela Gleave with Amanda Cole and Warren Armstrong; Brad Allen-Waters with John Drummond; Graham Davis-King; Michael Petchkovsky; Solange Kershaw and Damian Castaldi; Gail Priest; Chris Cains; Rachel Peachey and Paul Mosig; Jacquelene Drinkall and The Dauntless Movement Crew.