The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 18 November 2014
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Last month Red Bull brought the international finals of its Doodle Art competition to South Africa and set up the Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery in The Company's Garden in Cape Town, where visitors could interact with the doodles and learn more about the winning countries as part of a World Design Capital project.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

Red Bull partnered with the World Design Capital initiative to bring the finals of its annual Doodle Art competition, which comprised 32 551 entries from dozens of countries, to Cape Town as project #WDC216. The competition allows doodlers to create an artwork and a winner is then chosen in each country. This year those winners worked with Red Bull to design a physical art piece that represented something about each of their countries or cultures, and which could be used to incorporate their winning doodle, in what was the first global event for the competition.

In Cape Town the final installations were then put on display in The Company's Garden for Capetonians and tourists to enjoy. The winners were also flown out here to take part in the event and see their installations in person. A stand housing an iPad was placed next to each piece with more information about the artist and his or her choice of icon for the installation, although it was often difficult to read the text when the glare from the sun made it impossible to see what was on the screens as the event happened to coincide with a windy heatwave.

At the end of the event Santanu Kaushik Hazarika of India was chosen as the global winner for his Hinduism-inspired doodle. His prize was a chance to work with Red Bull's Consumer Products Team to design a T-shirt graphic that will go on sale in Red Bull's online store next year.

Although the event only lasted a disappointing four days I was able to get there in time to photograph it and interact with the installations, which are showcased below. If you want to learn more about the country winners look out for the hyperlinks in the showcase. Each winner's name is linked to his or her doodle (bar the doodlers from Turkey, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, and Chile, who seem to be missing from the web site) and each country name is linked to Red Bull's interactive "fan cam" of the exhibition where you can also learn more about the artist, the doodle, and the choice of art piece - the same information that was available to visitors via the iPads.


Turkey: Trojan Horse
Remzi San chose the Trojan Horse to represent Turkey as "the location of ancient Troy falls inside modern day Turkey".

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



The Netherlands: Windmill
The doodle by Sem Kuipers from The Netherlands was replicated on a windmill.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Poland: Coat Of Arms
Zofia Mackiewicz from Poland chose a coat of arms to represent the country and feature her doodle.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Azerbaijan: Maiden Tower
Arzu Mardanova chose the Maiden Tower, an ancient tower in the Old City in Baku, as the icon that best represents Azerbaijan.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Hong Kong: Nunchucks
In the 1970s Bruce Lee and his weapon of choice - the nunchaku - brought Asian action cinema to prominence in the rest of the world, which is why Ng Hay Yu Hilary chose them as the most suitable symbol to represent Hong Kong.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Canada: Inukshuk In Snow Globe
An inukshuk (or inuksuk in Inuktitut) is a cairn that is commonly built by people who live in the Arctic in North America. It was chosen by Amanda Mizera-Latkowska to represent Canada.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

This art piece was delightfully interactive as you could press a big red button on the side and it would send the "snow" whirling in the globe. It charmed many of the visitors.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



India: Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is an easily identifiable Indian landmark that was chosen by Santanu Kaushik Hazarika.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

Santanu Kaushik Hazarika was the overall winner of the global doodle competition. (You can see the doodle here.)

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Egypt: Pyramid
Egypt was represented by a pyramid that you could walk through. As you got to the centre you could look up to see Amr Ahmed Allam's doodle printed on a piece of Perspex, which formed the apex of the pyramid, through which the sun shone.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Lebanon: Temple Of Jupiter
The doodle by Firas Safiyeddine was reproduced on the Temple Of Jupiter, the remains of which can be found in Baalbeck, Lebanon.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Brazil: Christ The Redeemer
José Alvim's doodle was replicated on the pedestal holding a representation of Christ The Redeemer, the famous statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Georgia: The Georgian Alphabet
The doodle by Ana Zaseshvili of Georgia was reproduced on a representation of a book. The edges of the piece were decorated with the letters from the Georgian alphabet.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Philippines: Karaoke Machine
Although we consider karaoke to be Japanese (and the word is Japanese) the practice actually originated in Filipino culture as entertainers from the Philippines went to Japan in the 1960s with their "minus-one" music on tapes. The doodle is by Mabby Triviño.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Serbia: Opanak
The doodle by Katarina Zlatić from Serbia was reproduced on the top of an opanak, a leather shoe that is a national symbol in Serbia and forms part of the national costume. The horn on an opanak indicates which region the shoe came from.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Taiwan: Laptop
The art piece showing off the doodle by 蔡建宇 (Fatty Tsai) from Taiwan was particularly interesting to me. The doodle was displayed on the screen of a MacBook that had been separated out into the layers of its various components so you could see what's inside the notebook.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

Many of the components (or, in some cases, the components of the components) in a typical laptop or computer are made in Taiwan, whether the recognisable brand stamped on it is from the US or elsewhere.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Pakistan: Pakistani Truck Art
Luke Azariah from Pakistan, who, interestingly, is studying medicine and has a habit of doodling on his textbooks, chose a truck, onto which his doodle was replicated, to represent Pakistani truck art, a unique form of artistic expression in the country that in some ways is similar to doodle expression.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Australia: Big Wave
Australia is famous for its surf spots and beach culture. Michelle Draper's colourful doodle was reproduced on a giant wave, in front of which was a surfboard that people could stand on. It was a popular piece for people to take photographs.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Macedonia: Sunken Church Of St Nicholas In Mavrovo Lake
Macedonia is famous for the Church Of St Nicholas in Mavrovo that is partly submerged in the artificial lake that was formed to create a water supply for a nearby power plant. Matej Todorovski's doodle was recreated on the side of the church, which was ingeniously placed in one of the fish ponds in The Company's Gardens.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Greece: Column
Ancient Greece is instantly recognisable for its architecture, the influences of which are still found in buildings today. The doodle by Παρασκευή Παυλίδέ (Evie Pavlidi) was reproduced on the central part of the column.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Japan: Origami
Keisuke Morimoto chose origami in the form of a paper crane, or orizuru, to represent Japan. For some reason this art piece was missing from the Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery when I was there so I have grabbed a screenshot from the fan cam to illustrate it below.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Argentina: Foosball
Probably the most popular exhibit in the collection was the foosball table that housed the doodle by Luciano Néstor Omar Quintana from Argentina.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

Luciano Néstor Omar Quintana chose the table as his icon as "football pulses through the veins of every Argentinian" but, as you can see, the same is true in South Africa.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Sri Lanka: Blue Elephant
Sachintha Bhadraji Bandara Maweekumbura from Sri Lanka chose a depiction of Raja, an elephant who participated in the annual Escala Perahera festival 50 times, to be the canvas for an intricate doodle that features iconography from playing cards.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Malaysia: Wau Bulan (Moon Kite)
The doodle by Syed Hyder was reproduced on a wau bulan, a traditional symbol of Malaysia.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Bahrain: Bahrain International Circuit
The Bahrain International Circuit is a race track that has been used by Formula 1 since 2004 when Bahrain was chosen as the first country in the Middle East to host a Grand Prix event. The artwork by Fatema Nizar, which features music, balloons, and other happy doodles, was wrapped around the exhibit.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The base of the installation featured race cars on a track that kids could play with.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Kuwait: Kuwait Towers
Elements from the striking doodle by Mohamad Zeyad Maia were incorporated into this artwork, which represents the three buildings that comprise Kuwait Towers in Kuwait.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Armenia: Chess Piece
Anahit Hovhannisyan's fun doodle was printed on a square of a chess board. Chess was institutionalised in Armenia in the 1960s and subsequently some of the world's most skilled players have come from this country.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



South Africa: Table Mountain
Kingsley Chere Palime (pictured below) from South Africa chose to depict the controversial township culture of Izikhothane in his doodle but it was replicated on the base of a much more benign symbol, a telescope, that pointed at Table Mountain, one of Cape Town's landmarks.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The telescope was having technical difficulties when I was there, because someone had forgotten to charge its battery pack, so a number of people gathered waiting for their chance to look through it. Their patience was well rewarded, however, as the telescope housed a surprise - instead of a view of Table Mountain there was a digital picture of the mountain with the doodle superimposed on the landscape.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Chile: Moai
The moai are the giant heads found on Easter Island, which is part of Chile. Catalina Hildebrandt's doodle was printed on the iconic features of the statues - the nose and prominent brow.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



Sweden: Dalahäst
The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery started with a horse in Turkey and so it was fitting that it ended with one too, in this case a Dalahäst, which is a simple wooden toy carved from a single piece of wood that is then painted, often in a bright colour, after which patterns are added. It is a symbol of Sweden that is know all over the world. For the gallery Beata Karlsson's wonderful cityscape doodle was used to decorate the horse.

The Red Bull Doodle Art Global Gallery (#WDC216): Interactive Art In The Company's Garden



It was unfortunate that the gallery was only a very temporary construction that lasted four days as it was a fun experience being able to walk around the exhibits (even in the heat and the wind!) and interact with them. The interaction was especially significant as usually one is told to keep far away from art and, instead, people of all ages and from all over the world were able to participate in the art experience in a far more physical and tangible way. I also liked the fact that the selection of countries was largely not the countries that tend to dominate global cultural events and, instead, we were introduced to cultures we are generally less exposed to.

Next year the global gallery will move to a different country so if you are a keen doodler and think you have what it takes to make it to the finals keep an eye out for the entry events that will be taking place next year all over the world.

Red Bull Doodle Art 2014: Official Site, Fancam, #WDC216, Twitter


Tags: #arts_and_culture, #cape_town, #technology





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