One of the new striking additions to the Fremantle’s Maritime Museum is the multi-colour ‘Welcome Wall’. Found at the museums entrance, the glass structure consists of ImagInk ceramic printing spanning over 4.8m and reaching a height over 2.5m.
Cooling Brothers worked closely with Architects Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland and the WA Museum to produce a significant visual and historical contribution to Fremantle’s Maritime story.
Consisting of 81 custom printed, toughened & laminated glass panels; graphics, photos and text were printed on multi-layered glass panels throughout the Museum’s external areas, showcasing both the specialised printing and also the possibilities of a frameless glass installation in an external application.
Using triple-laminate make up allowed the two outside panels to be printed with text, while the central glass panel was printed with a solid layer of white to act as an opaque backing layer, thus allowing the printed text to be viewed from both sides of the installation.
The frameless structure is viewed from both sides, with text printed on separate panes to ensure clarity, and central images being shared to both elevations. This combination of printing and installation had never before been achieved without jeopardising the visual quality or the structural integrity of the finished product. The Project was formally opened on schedule to a crowd of 8,000 in November 2010.
Client WA Museum, Cox Howlett Architects Location Fremantle, Perth
Glass 22.56m Low Iron Toughened, 18.28mm Low Iron Toughened Volume 160sqm
Processing ImagInk ceramic printing, Custom Laminating
Further information on the processes featured in this project can be found below: