The public art scene in Perth continues to expand at a dizzying pace. Now a familiar sight in high density suburban areas, new artworks are popping up further afield, incorporated into warehouses and factories providing a welcome relief from the monotony of industrial landscapes. Prolific multi-disciplinary artist and sculptor Gordon Mitchell’s latest installation ‘Blueprint’ brings vibrant colour and dynamic movement to a sleepy South Guildford industrial estate.
Commissioned by Wonteco and in partnership with Meyer Shircore Architects, Mitchell has combined digitally printed glass together with highly detailed sculpture to reflect the rich industrial history of the site of this south Guildford warehouse. Formerly a brick works and timber joinery location, Mitchell’s commanding art installation spans the primary façade, celebrating the years past and creating contemporary art feature to adorn the workplace entrance.
The glass component of ‘Blueprint’ consists of 104 printed panels covering a total of 60sqm, which provide a decorative backdrop to the main sculptural element. 6mm toughened safety glass is printed with a two colour print using our ImagInk Digital Ceramic printing technology, and installed by Jason Windows into a commercial glazing frame. The durability of the printed surface allows the glass to be installed in full UV without any adverse affects such as discolouring as experienced with vinyl or UV inks.
Mitchell opted to treat the aluminium sculpture of cogs and rods with a specialised industrial paint containing iron filaments that rust to convey the appearance of age, while complementing the bright blues within the glass, and the colour scheme of the Alucobond panels. The vibrant printed glass integrates with and complements the metalwork to create an artwork that symbolises the unity of a successful workforce and the importance of teamwork.
In ‘Blueprint’, Mitchell succeeds in demonstrating the effectiveness of combing printed glass and sculpture into an industrial space, delivering a piece that is engaging and uplifting. Complemented by the high standard of design as expected from Meyer Shircore, the installation encourages viewers to connect and engage in a space where they would typically otherwise would not. The only challenge left for Mitchell now, is to find more industrial clients willing to do the same and begin transforming further spaces into places of lasting interest and reference.