I was approached by Zest Events to design and undertake a community art project for Stockland Group. The brief for the project was to engage the pupils from the local Aitkenvale State Primary School in an art project that would then become part of the redevelopment of Nathan Plaza, Townsville.
After meetings with Stockland Group and the Architect for the redevelopment it became clear that the concept behind the design of the outside of the upgraded Plaza was that it would represent a large abstracted Barramundi, and a series of vertical metal and wood posts would be placed around parts of the building to represent reeds. This helped to develop the concept for the project.
The concept that I proposed was to create a series of domed bronze discs to be mounted on the poles/ reeds around the outside of the Plaza like air bubbles travelling up the reeds. Each of the bronze discs was a representation of a drawing by each of the pupils. The drawings were based around the concept “What does Townsville mean to you”. The range of things that were depicted by the children were amazing. I had no idea of how many of the children had migrated to Australia and how many had been through conflict in their previous homes.
A group of 30 children from Aitkenvale State Primary School took part in the project ranging in age from 5 to 11.
Please click on the thumbnail below to see larger/ more detailed images of the individual plaques…..
Photography by Wyn Binmore, Giuseppe Vizzone and Amanda Feher