Layers of texture and colour weave together to create a play on light through the striking glass artwork greeting visitors at the new $17m Manning Community Centre in the City of South Perth. As the sun rushes through the clear areas of line and text of the layered artwork, a unique dimension of local history is mapped to the ground in a most unique way.
The Centre celebrated with an Open Day over the weekend allowing locals to explore the myriad of services available to them. For the residents this greatly anticipated project will provide a state of the art Library, modern Community Hall, Early Learning space that will also house a Toy Library, Child Health Clinic, Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Group and the Manning Rippers Football Club.
Award winning artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse of Milne & Stonehouse have created a series of engaging works titled “Imprint” drawing inspiration from the surrounding natural environment. Alongside a kinetic sculpture and lightboxes, two glass canopies were printed in full colour ImagInk with areas of knock-out clear glass creating a striking entrance of rich colour and a dance of linear light to ground and wall surfaces. The canopies are located at the entrance to the Library and the internal corridor and truly activate the spaces in a captivating way.
The imagery for the project was captured from locally taken photographs around South Perth and focused upon the tidal, geological and atmospheric imprint of the area. Milne & Stonehouse house made use of topographical lines, wind action on plants, the river and sand with a layering of composite images and manipulation of colour. Careful consideration was given to the experience of walking beneath the canopy depicting historic layers of information as well as a feeling of depth.
Greg Stonehouse comments :
“The sheer scale of the artwork enabled an immersive experience underneath. The surprise from our perspective was the fine grain of the image and map overlay which gave the glass a textural surface within. The richness of colour was amplified by the glass medium and firing process and at full scale was much more powerful than the scale of tweaking colours and forms on a computer screen.
Of course the artwork was transformed by its settling into a glass medium with the colours responding to natural light and sun. In this scale and framed by the metal rafters, the artwork becomes smaller grids and details of local places and historical frames. The glass navigates a ceiling of the locale and its river environs. On top of the rich canvas of Salter Lagoon and river, the building of local communities has responded to this atmospheric, geological and tidal signature. The glass is a mediation of sky, water and light upon the Manning Community Centre.”