After the effects of COVID-19 took place this year, the Wilston Village Precinct Project had its timelines expanded. Initially due to be completed by the end of June 2020, this project is now in its final stages due for completion by November 2020. The past few months has seen the development of the design ideas - from initial concepts to workable solutions that meet traffic and safety requirements alongside original design intents.
What began as elements of local flora and architectural design features, culminated into a series of designs that spanned into elements for ground plane artworks, gobo projection works and balustrades. The designs above will be featured in ground plane works - which are to be sandblasted into the pavement along Wilston Village. The far left features a Lanoline blossom, the middle design features Wattle blossoms and the far right features Eucalyptus blossoms.
These ground plane designs will also be mirrored in a series of projection artworks activated at night time. Taking colour cues from Federation inspired architectural features, the blue, green, maroon and gold features will compliment the ground plane artworks along the Wilston Village pathways. The projections will be lit with gobo systems.
The designs below feature the balustrade panels that have been designed with the Lanoline, Wattle and Eucalyptus blossoms featured throughout the other artworks. Created as a solid black outline using powder-coated metal panels, these designs will be activated at night time through the use of creative lighting features installed throughout the perimeter of the panels and the internal areas of each design feature.
It has been a great learning curve ensuring all the requirements for all stakeholders are met during the design development phase. Especially with the balustrade pieces, these artworks are the first of their nature for Brisbane City Council, in that they are meeting traffic and safety engineering requirements, as well as incorporating night-time lighting within the artististic design aesthetic. Working alongside my fabricators Commex Concepts, and Council's Design Brisbane department has been a wonderful experience to date. Adding in the complications of COVID-19 restrictions has certainly made this project a challenge, but one that will no doubt feel even more rewarding when the final works and completed and installed.