|©2014 - Design for Flow in front of one of the panels|
Art4place was approached by Michael Lake of the F3 Design and Architecture to put forward a proposal for art features in the Maleny IGA as part of the redevelopment of the store. Over several months four Art4place artists (Fiona Dempster, Edith-Ann Murray, Noela Mills and Barry Smith) workshopped ideas, designs, colours, sizes, drawings and materials for the works with Michael and Sam and Rob Outridge (store owners). The four elements that made up the IGA Project came from this artistic, architecture and engineering process.
The artworks needed to be light so the frames were aluminium box and the surface panels were composite aluminium sheeting. Colours in the main were to be shades of silver and grey to tone with the store paint and tile palet.
Four huge 5mX3m panels for the Flow installation were fabricated by Freeform Sheet Metal to Michael Edith-Ann and Barry's drawings; and delivered to a farm shed outside Maleny for Noela and Edith-Ann to add some finer design elements to the panels.
|©2014 Art4place - Panels delivered to the farm shed|
|©2014 Art4place - Obi Bi Creek, Lomandra and Lomandra seed details on the panels|
|©2014 Art4place - Panels hung for working in the shed|
|©2014 Art4place - Light through the Lomandra cut outs on a panel|
|©2014 Art4place - Detail of the Lomandra seeds|
|©2014 Art4place - Panel ready for work|
|©2014 Art4place - Noela up the ladder etching away|
|©2014 Art4place - Panel - layers of metal and seeds with a darker contrast|
Installing the 4 huge Flow panels were done at night after the store closed - often working around other workers and stacks of foodstuff. It was a challenge to get the panels through the front door (with only 100mm to spare); but an even greater challenge to lever the pieces into place; to have them evenly spaced; and ensure they were all on the same plane. We were lucky to have a team of young installers who were committed to accuracy; and for the work to be coordinated by Edith-Ann.
|©2014 Art4place - Panels - going up - important to get the anchor points right. Panels suspended on 10mm threaded rod - all double and triple bolted and through trusses and bridging boards in the ceiling.|
|©2014 Art4place - Panels - going up - important to get the anchor points right.|
|©2014 Art4place - Panels - going up - getting ready to winch a panel into place|
|©2014 Art4place - Panels - going up - winching in progress|
|©2014 Art4place - All Flow's panels securely in place|
|©2014 Art4place - The Obi Obi Flows over the produce area - the creek area in the centre section on each panel is lit from the sides by LED strip lights|
|©2014 Art4place - Bakery panels going up - industrial theme - two 4mX3m panels suspended and bolted accurately together|
|©2014 Art4place - Bakery panels secured|
|©2014 Art4place - Looking towards the bakery panel from Flow end.|
|©2014 Art4place - The team installing Mountains - background painted and first aluminium composite layer going up|
|©2014 Art4place - First layer of Mountains up|
|©2014 Art4place - Second layer of Mountains - up and spaced to create 3D look.|
|©2014 Art4place - Tricky return being layered|
|©2014 Art4place - Layers of Mountains looking good|
|©2014 Art4place - Mountains - finished over the checkout.|
|©2014 Art4place - Fiona's Flow story board calligraphy etched into engraving laminate|
|©2014 Art4place - Fiona's Waterfall Walkway story board calligraphy etched into engraving laminate|
|©2014 Art4place - Sunlight through the Waterfall Walkway Lomandra cutouts|
Art4place would like to thank Rob and Sam Outridge for trusting Art4place with this project (and the earlier Waterfall Walkway project); and congratulate them for having the vision to include placemaking artworks into their business setting.
We also thank architect Michael Lake for seeing artworks as both an aesthetic and functional.