RISE Is a site- specific audiovisual journey that reflects on the story and architecture of Mackay’s history from before it’s very early beginnings to present day.
Drawn from the natural environment of the Great Barrier Reef the projection begins with a vibrant animated peek into this incredible underwater universe and the rainforests of the region to explore how it might have looked during early mankind.

The narrative delves into sugar cane farming, blackbirding and the transformation of Mackay’s architecture over the years due to natural disasters that destroyed 80% of buildings in the city in the early 1900’s. It touches upon how these natural disasters inspired the Art Deco movement which changed the buildings of Mackay and influenced how the Pioneer Shire Building which RISE is projected on, looks today.

RISE is a combination of aesthetics, historical events and contemplation that provides a connection to this cities heritage and the rising ‘UP’ of Mackay from adversity.

Special thanks to coordinator Leonie Wood, Animating Spaces, Arts Link QLD, Regional Arts Australia, Mackay Regional Council, Australian Council for the Arts and the volunteers on the night.
Audio by: Podington Bear – Nocturne Op No 2
and Aaron Mist 08 – Whales Inside

Mackay timelapse footage by Bestman Imagery

Flood damaged film by Sam and the Plants

©Donna Maree Robinson 2015