Design students from QUT and Griffith University were invited to participate in the design competition by Lendlease, The Buchan Group and RNA.
Tom’s work was chosen from four shortlisted entries after an initial judging round. His design uses a series of 10cm white diamond-shaped pixels placed at junctions on the mesh façade which faces King Street and Alexandria Street. The pixel mechanism was created by The Buchan Group – the car park façade will be the first artwork of this nature in Brisbane.
Tom, who received a Bachelor of Industrial Design, said his design was inspired by the continual flow of people, ideas, producers, livestock and culture through Brisbane Showgrounds for over 100 years.
“People from all over Queensland make the journey to the Showgrounds each year, my design utilises the pixels to represent the journey from regional Queensland towns to Brisbane city.
“To travel from Longreach in regional Queensland for example would see you travel over 1,000km through many towns to reach the Ekka. Each point in my artwork represents these places and the flow of people from the country to the city,” said Tom.
Brisbane Showgrounds Project Director Andrew Hay said public art can make a place unique, captivating people who pass by. “When you consider the great cities of the world, they all incorporate a large degree of public artworks and creative design, ” he said.
Dean Brough, Head of Studies at QUT School of Design, said this project was a great example of business and academia collaborating. “I admire Lendlease and the Buchan Group for their progressive thinking and for actively seeking to incorporate design into this important inner city development at the Brisbane Showgrounds.
“The brief to Tom was technically challenging which enabled him to get a taste of the real world when it comes to the constraints you are often required to work under in the workforce. Tom of course overcame these to produce a great result, he is a talented student and has a great future ahead of him,” he said.
Kings Co-op is scheduled to open in time for Ekka 2017.
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