The New Now – Rainbow Meditation Room at the HOTA Gallery on Queensland’s Gold Coast carrying the quintessential message of joy.
A space for feelings of joy and happiness
If there is one thing that kids love, it’s rainbows, so little wonder the New Now – Rainbow Meditation Room at the HOTA Gallery on Queensland’s Gold Coast was such a hit with young ones. After collectively experiencing anxious times over the past couple of years, Japanese-born, Tweed-based artist, Hiromi Tango, wanted to create a space for feelings of joy and happiness. She hoped everyone who entered the room would leave feeling a renewed sense of optimism. “As an artist and a parent, I especially wanted children to remember this room as a happy place,” she said.
Over the last decade, Tango has explored the healing potential of different aspects of art, including the colour palette, the impact of fluorescence on the brain, and the meditative effects of circular shapes. Using colour and contour to generate energy and positivity, the psychedelic installation created light and movement through digital animation, painting, and sculptural elements, with the colours of the rainbow emanating from what appeared to be the centre.
The installation was part of HOTA Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise, which included the work of 19 emerging and established artists with connections to the region. The $60 million gallery, which opened in May, spans six levels and includes a dedicated Children’s Gallery. It is the latest addition to the dynamic new arts precinct, HOTA, Home of the Arts, on the banks of the Nerang River.