Lighting Up Lives
Mawson Lakes Boulevard glowed as the City of Salisbury offered a brand-new experience, Lights at Mawson. Running over two weekends in July, the family-friendly event featured both day and night attractions with giant inflatable sculptures that lit up at night and inflatable mazes that encouraged environmental awareness.
Installations for this event were creations from Nylon Zoo and EcoMaze, born from the mind of internationally renowned textile and performance artist, Evelyn Roth. Providing an interactive and educational experience, they were especially designed to inspire environmental awareness and spark the imagination.
During the day, children and parents donned costumes of native birds, butterflies and fish, to name just a few, took part in costume parades and explored colourful nature-themed mazes. Every hour, the giant turtle inflatable transformed into a cosy story-telling theatre where audiences were treated to captivating tales aiming to raise awareness on threats to biodiverse environments and endangered species of animals.
Born on a self-sufficient prairie farm outside of Edmonton, Canada, Evelyn is an entirely self-taught interdisciplinary artist known for her wearable art and works from upcycled materials.
Evelyn happed upon the idea of inflatables as an artistic concept after sewing a Japanese-style windsock.
Whilst with the Haida First Nations people on the Queen Charlotte Islands, she created a giant 60-foot inflatable salmon that formed the centrepiece for the Salmon Festival. Together with animal costumes based on totemic characters, choreographed dance and electronic music, Evelyn’s ‘Salmon Dance’ became an eclectic sensation. Inflatables became her way into various communities and festivals eventually culminating in her creation of Nylon Zoo and EcoMaze.
Evelyn’s relationship with Australia began with an art installation for the Australian Festival Theatre in 1979.
She fell in love with Maslin Beach and eventually moved there in 1989 where she still resides to this day sewing inflatables for commission and running Nylon Zoo and EcoMaze.
Nylon Zoo is enduringly popular and makes regular tours at national events and schools internationally. Evelyn is appreciative of the connecting link to community her inflatables have given her. She enjoys spending time with children, encouraging them to think about the environment and painting in her workshops.