National Sculpture Prize and exhibition 2005

Macquarie Bank People’s Choice Award winner

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman Floribots

Perth-based artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman’s work Floribots has won the Macquarie Bank People’s Choice award for the National Sculpture Prize and exhibition 2005.

Floribots was the overwhelming favourite, receiving close to one quarter of the thousands of votes cast. Geoffrey Drake-Brockman will receive an award of $4000, and one member of the public who voted for him will receive $1000.

'We have been absolutely delighted by the public’s response to the exhibition, especially with our younger visitors who have been particularly excited by Floribots since the show opened,' said Ron Radford Director of the National Gallery of Australia.

Floribots consists of 128 computer-controlled robot origami flowers arranged in a 35-square-metre grid. The field of flowers that 'dances' in response to movement sensors has consistently captivated audiences. The flowers open and shut with a distinctive snapping noise in a myriad combination of patterns, creating a hypnotic effect.

Executive Chairman of Macquarie Bank, David Clarke, said: 'In the 5 years the National Sculpture Prize has been running it has become a fixture of the Australian art world. We have been particularly pleased with the response of the public to the exhibition and the many diverse works on display. Participation in the people’s choice has been very high and the art viewing public have embraced the Sculpture Prize with enthusiasm and appreciation'.

Geoffrey Drake-Brockman is a leading new media artist who creates interactive works using sophisticated computer technology. His collaboration with Richie Kuhaupt, Chromeskin, won the Highly Commended Award in the National Sculpture Prize and exhibition 2001.

Other favourites selected by the voters include Christian De Vietri Einstein’s refrigerator 2nd law, Glen Clarke's American crater near Hanoi #2 and Fred Fisher's Tilt.

The exhibition continues until 9 October 2005. A selection of the finalists’ work will then tour several of Macquarie Bank’s Australian offices, where they will be placed on public display, then to the Dell Gallery, Queensland College of the Arts.

For further information please contact
Alix Fiveash, National Gallery of Australia
+61 2 6240 6431

Julie White, Head, Macquarie Bank Foundation
+61 2 8232 9673