In August of last year, we began a series of design talks with John Armstrong of Harbinger Consultants (http://harbingerconsultants.wordpress.com/) to develop ideas for artisitc surface treatments for the soon to be constructed Fitzgibbon Chase Community Centre, Brisbane – developed by the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA). John was responsible for curating the Artists / artworks for the first stage of Fitzgibbon and we were very excited to be included on this stage of the project, along with two other amazing Brisbane Artists – Britta Gudd and Andrea Fisher. We will also be fabricating specialised public art ‘domes’ for display that Lucas designed for this project which i will talk about in a future post and include images of Britta’s and Andrea’s beautiful work.
The Masterplan, above. The proposed Community Centre below:
The Fitzgibbon Chase Community Centre then received funding from Art+Place – Qld Government – for the Public Art components: submission by John Armstrong.
For the Community Centre surface treatment designs, Lucas’ thoughts involved two areas specifically, ‘Community’ by activating the space positively, and a thought close to his heart, nature. After doing his research he found a correlation between the two in the form of the ‘Trigona Carbonaria’ Bee, a native species to Australia and Brisbane particularly, and one of only a handful of ‘social’ bees without a sting. Bees…. Congregating….. Sharing….. Socialising….. Community Centre…..
It seemed like a very good fit and both John and the ULDA were happy with Lucas’ original ‘bee flight path’ concepts which will be sandblasted onto the area.
After some months John let us know that the desings had been approved and we were ‘good to go’.
We are very excited to be working on this project and have been continually awed by John’s vision, scope and reach concerning Community, sensitivity and Placemaking. While the official opening date has been pushed back slightly, construction is in progress and last minute ‘tweaking’ and enhancements are progressing. The ‘enhancements’ are something pretty special and in future posts I will share with you these really exciting developments – keep watch here for something spectuacular…..
This is the final layout for the surface treatment designs – 300 square meters in total.
Noosa Heads Public Art & Placemaking Project.
We were recently selected to submit design concepts to Council for a beautiful and
sorely needed Public Art and Placemaking Project for Noosa Junction on the Sunshine Coast. Lucas spent many hours fabricating templates and refining designs before presenting to Council along with other shortlisted Artists, in July. After a small wait, we were informed that ‘we had the job’ and began coordinating with Engineers, Steel Fabricators and Cutters and a host of other people required to turn Lucas’ vision into reality. Fabrication of the sculptures begins this week and final installation will occur late October.
Lucas’ designs were influenced by both the Glossy Black Cockatoos and their feathers and the gorgeous Christmas Bell flower petals; both native and rare species of flora and fauna to the area. Light, shadows and highlighting the playful relationship between the two are always huge considerations for Lucas when creating work for public spaces, so artistic lighting has been incorporated around 16 the steel sculptures (measuring up to 2.6m in height!) for a dramatic and interactive night time experience and the steel ‘feathers’ will be laser cut to create shadows in the sunlight.
Below are some images of how the process has come about and is progressing for this wonderful Public Art and Placemaking Project.
‘Feather Leaf’ – oriningal construction of template…
Feather Leaf coming to fruition. While this template is timber, Lucas always intended on creating the sculptures from steel.
Final Template for presentation (note the light and shadows!). The final design has been refined and will, aesthetically, have an even greater impact than the above.
Proposed sculptures in place in daylight (remember, they will be steel!)
There will be 3 varying sizes of these steel sculptures equaling 16 in total. The largest will be 2.6 meters… And they will look beautiful.
To our very, very new blog for Lucas Salton Design.
Since making the transition from Glassblower to Public Artist and Design Consultant 3 years ago, Lucas has been engaged fulltime in successive Public Art, Placemaking and
Design Projects – both large and small.
This blog is where we intend on giving you a glimpse of what we’re working on, how our
projects are progressing and insights into Lucas’ astounding creativity.
We hope you enjoy.