Light The Way

Designer Şener Besim presents his first ever large-scale sculptural work, Light the Way, installed in the laneways at 80 Collins.

Designer Şener Besim presents his first ever large-scale sculptural work, Light the Way, installed in the laneways at 80 Collins, visible from Collins and Little Collins Streets for the month of December. 

Taking inspiration from one of Şener's iconic pieces of jewellery, the public design installation lights the way through the festive season and into the new year. The four, 2.4 metre high works are inspired by the geometric patterns used in Ottoman heritage and architectural shapes, a major influence across all of Şener's work.
 
“The idea of ‘framing space’ is central to the beginnings of our visual language and always has served as a main inspiration for our work, a conversation so to speak. My hope is that these new public works act as ‘VISUAL FRAMING DEVICES’ for our visitors,” says Şener.

“Creating my first work of this larger scale is a thrilling opportunity for me, as I’m able to be more architectural, and more graphic in the way I interact with the public. Having the works appear in between and within the 80 Collins laneways gives them an unexpected yet deliberate presence.”

Besim, whose ancestry is Albanian and Turkish, uses geometry and architecture influences to create some of Australia’s most beautiful and unique jewellery.

“If I create something, it has to have a strong purpose and story. It cannot just exist for the sake of existing.”