Fiona Stanley Hospital
In 2010, Perth visual artist Jo Darbyshire was commissioned to provide three large abstract paintings for the new Rehabilitation Centre at the Fiona Stanley Hospital, Perth WA. The paintings, based on underwater worlds, were designed to enhance long-term living spaces for patients in the Spinal, Acquired Brain Injury, and Neuro Rehabilitation wards, offering a calming influence, particularly where individuals were likely to be traumatised and under stress.
While the paintings were hung in designated areas- they were also re-designed to become glass walls between the main living spaces for Rehab patients and corridors for staff. Using DigiGlass, the artist and designer Rick Vermey, enlarged photographs of the painted images and fitted these to the wall spaces. The walls are also easy to clean in a hospital environment, strong enough to withstand wheelchair bumps and being semi-transparent- allow both privacy and connection in the shared spaces on both sides of the glass. These DigiGlass walls were installed in 2013 and the hospital will be operating in 2014.
Artwork: Jo Darbyshire
Builders: Brookfield Multiplex
Supply & Installation: Nuceil
Inala Indigenous Health Service
The Centre offers state of the art health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It is so wonderful that the Centre has embraced and supported such large visual expressions of culture by commissioning these two public artworks.
At the main entrance is a stunning artwork by Anthony Walker and on the corner of the building is an equally beautiful artwork by Billy Missi. This artwork by Billy received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through art place Queensland Public Art Fund.
From the very beginning these two artworks have been integral to the design of the Centre and are fully integrated into the facade of the building. Each artist created an original painting of the artwork. These paintings were then photographed at a very high resolution to create a digital file to produce the large scale glass panels.
Artists: Anthony Walker and Billy Missi
Architect: Hames Sharley
Installer: Breezeview Windows
Builder: Constructions Group
DigiGlass is very proud to have been able to supply the full length laminated windows using specially commissioned artworks produced by famous Australian Artist, Robert Juniper, for the newly opened Bunbury Cathedral located in Western Australia. The project Architect, Marcus Collins who is based in Perth specified DigiGlass for this most prestigious project. The art works were manufactured using a double soft white interlayer which allows the work to be rear lit and viewed from both the exterior of the Cathedral and the interior.
The original Cathedral was demolished after it was severely damaged by a Tornado in 2005. The newly opened Cathedral was a great cause for celebration for the Bunbury Diocese and for the many bishops and dignitaries that attended and help celebrate the event.
The artwork and building Architecture are truly beautiful and it is a building that is well worth visiting if you find yourself in Bunbury. This installation demonstrates perfectly the flexibility available with colour and design when using DigiGlass.
Architect: Marcus Collins Architects
Artist: Robert Juniper
Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk
The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk in Seymour, Victoria consists of 109 DigiGlass panels, telling the visual story of Australia’s role in the Vietnam War. Encapsulated within the panels are the names of those who served, 60,267 people in all. (The walk was officially opened on March 9th, 2013).
Sinatra Murphy and AQL Landscape Design proposed the concept to the Mitchell Shire Council, with the aim of commemorating all Australians who served in the Vietnam conflict, telling their story through imagery, and intending to reach a wider audience beyond those directly connected.
The Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk Committee had been collating images over a long period and these formed the basis of a storyboard depicting the timeline of events from Australia’s entry to and exit from the Vietnam War. The colour palette is a reflection of the different identities of the armed forces and includes the red laterite soil of Vietnam. Themes depicted include: mobilisation; the entry and expanding roles of the Navy and Air Force; the battles of Long Tan, Coral/ Balmoral and Binh Ba; the TET offensive; National Servicemen; life at the base of Nui Dat; the tracker dogs; dust-off and the medicos, R&R and returning home.
Each DigiGlass panel measures 1900mm High x 1500mm wide, consisting of two sheets of Super Clear toughened glass and weighed approximately 180kg each. In its entirety the Wall is 85 metres long and consists of a serpentine alignment of two parallel lengths of 53 panels each, and one standalone panel that pays tribute to the fallen.
Artists: Sinatra Murphy and AQL Landscape Design
Graphic Design: Andrew Hogg Design
Installation: AQL Landscaping and Skyview Design & Build
Royal North Shore Hospital
The aim of this commission is to create a site‐specific artwork that will contribute to a sense of place for the Royal North Shore Hospital. The work is located on the second lift shaft in the main entry and retail area, Level 3 of the new Acute Services Building, and will be seen from other levels as it extends in height from Level 3 to Level 5, says Bronwyn Bancroft. Bronwyn felt it important to create a work that was both engaging, calming and reflective for its audience.
The concept for this design was inspired by connection to all the elements of nature.
Air has been visualised by the outburst of colour from the sun, which for Aboriginal people,
is the giver of life.
Fire is indicated by the ever engaging moment of burning off that Aboriginal people have completed in this country since time immemorial. This process creates new growth and accelerates renewal. For all people, Earth is our custodial responsibility to care for. For this project I have visualised it with patterning to accentuate the beauty of it.
Water is portrayed as a moonlit pool with the ebb and ﬂow of patterns. Water is essential to our lives as humans, and I wanted to create a reinforcement of our necessity to be aware of how we treat this vital resource.
Artist: Bronwyn Bancroft
Installer: Progressive Glazing
Architect: Jeremy McGrane