Contour556: Interventions in the Landscape

In Plain Sight is a public art project by Katy Mutton which was created to be part of Canberra-based Arts Festival Contour 556.
The work transformed an electric cruise vessel into a 'dazzle'-inspired moving artwork.


The MV Gull is a small cruise boat which ordinarily operates a regular schedule of tours through most of the year. Through this work it has been transformed into an accessible artwork. The creation of the piece explores ideas around stealth and surveillance. Using bright, bold mixed pattern the vessel invites attention while simultaneously interfering with the viewers perception of its form and detail.

The location of Contour 556 is significant in relation to the work. While the boat travels across the lake the artwork is flanked by Canberra's major military and surveillance hubs and is in close proximity to military hardware suppliers. Cruise passengers can catch glimpses of the new relatively new ASIO building, the ADSD and other Defence agencies, as well as Parliament House.

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In Plain Sight reflects back from the lake, as a moving surveillance hub.
While the passenger cabin is always obscured by pattern, the view from within is maintained.


Images: Paul Jurak