The Automotive Workshops at the SouthWest Institute of Technology features an extensive use of commercial glass printing internally and externally, showcasing striking and supremely effective single colour designs by artist Rick Vermey. The artworks are printed across varying glass types, employing our ImagInk ceramic printing process in combination with Whisper acoustic laminates, low-E performance glass and standard monolithic internal glazing.
The complexity and detail of the design required Rick to work closely with our Graphic Designer throughout the production process. Engaging early in the creative process enables us to really push the envelope of what could be achieved with varying transparencies within a single colour, and we think the results speak for themselves. Rick has kindly supplied us with some details on his approach to the commission, as well as providing the photographs.
Titled “Manual Assembly”, this set of artworks was commissioned by the Government of Western Australia, Department of Finance, via the WA Percent for Art Scheme initiative, which makes a significant contribution to the cultural growth of the State, by engaging artists to create site-specific art for new infrastructure projects, statewide. The commissioned public art for this newly built Automotive Training Workshop at SouthWest Institute of Technology (Bunbury TAFE) integrates seamlessly with the building’s material palette, to provide very low maintenance artistic enhancements.
The artwork designs make an unmistakable visual and conceptual connection between the spaces and functions of the building, its social character and its cultural significance in the lives of students. Within this building, they study engines, motors and mechanical maintenance.
The art reflects the kind of visual material these students see every day in the course of their training. The ImagInk printed designs were inspired by blue-print type technical engineering and instructional drawings, model car assembly diagrams, and exploded instructional drawings, typically found in mechanical workshop manuals. The idea of white lines on clear glazing evolved from looking at evocative white line drawings of old-school blueprints. Variation in the line edge qualities and print opacities creates an illusion of layered depth within the surface of the glass.
This direct application of art onto existing building surfaces is a memorable, distinctive way of contributing to the character of the space, with minimal risk of vandalism or intrusion on functionality. The artwork also aids in wayfinding, with bold imagery serving as identifiable place markers.
Client Rick Vermey Location Bunbury, Western Australia
Glass 13.52mm Evantage Grey, 11.52 Whisper Laminate, 6mm Clear
Volume 52sqm printed glass Processing ImagInk ceramic printing, Toughening, Whisper Acoustic Laminate
Further information on the processes featured in this project can be found below: