Elizabeth Quay, Perth Foreshore
Client: Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA)
Architects: Iredale Pedersen Hook (IPH)
Artist: Pamela Gaunt
Location: Elizabeth Quay, Perth foreshore, Western Australia
Date: 2015 – 2016
The FOB5 project for Elizabeth Quay involved close collaboration with IPH architects, digital designer Quyen Do and Cooling Brothers Glass. The intention by the artist was to conflate the idea and form of the rough-cut diamond with a highly polished cut diamond in order to visually narrate the diamond’s story. The imagery evolved from a complex process of hand drawn elements that have been digitised, layered, then printed in achromatic, translucent colours onto glass. Pink and champagne coloured inter-layers, that are representative of some of the unique diamonds from Western Australia, add to the dimensional complexity of the glass. The design seamlessly flows from the glass onto the curved perforated metal corner sections without repeating itself.
The changing nature of the work through shadows and reflection, seasonal conditions, internal/external and day/nocturnal views are part the work’s shifting aesthetic appeal.
Photographer: Robert Frith, Acorn, Unless otherwise indicated.