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Katy Perry’s fave neon artist is lighting Melbourne up

Katy Perry’s fave neon artist is lighting Melbourne up

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Katy Perry lit up Burning Man 2016 wearing a set of artist Carla O’Brien’s Neon Angel Wings and now O’Brien is bringing that same striking, neon-lit glow to a free outdoor exhibition in Melbourne

Melbourne's QV precinct will play host from this Wednesday to Melbourne-based O'Brien's newest installation, Neon Night Garden. Warming up the wintry Melbourne inner city streets with the toasty glow of neon - the installation includes O'Brien's signature Neon Angel Wings repurposed as giant butterfly wings along with eight other art works including a two-and-a-half metre high neon archway. "Inside the Neon Night Garden are all things you might find in a garden - a flying kite, a tree, umbrellas on a rainy day, people, wings of a butterfly and even a flamingo," says O'Brien.

All the pieces of art are allowed to be touched and neon garden goers are encouraged to stand under the entrance archway for a full 3D immersive experience. "It's amazing to see how fascinated people are by neon art. Maybe because neon is traditionally used for signage, it's not something we're used to touching. I make art for people to interact with - that's what brings it to life.  To me, my pieces only become real art once people get involved with them," says O'Brien.

The Neon Night Garden is a free outdoor exhibit at QV Square, Level 3, QV Melbourne, corner Swanston and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne. It will run from May 17 until June 16. For more information head to facebook.com/events/

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