Japanese School Relocation Artwork
The artwork concept for the co-location of the Japanese School within the City Beach Primary School site responds to the particular aspect of the architectural brief that invited artists to consider the close proximity of the ocean coupled with ideas of motion. Two other factors informed the design development of this proposal. The first being the overall intention of the clients to create unity and distinction, highlighting interrelationships in the ‘merger’ of the two Schools, whilst maintaining their separate functions. The second is the ageing condition and the existing colour scheme of the external façade of City Beach Primary School.
The proposal locates the low budget artwork in the centre of the City Beach Primary School’s main façade, between the sets of windows and in front of the PVC water pipe that sits proud of the wall. It will be visible from the streetscape and the residential surrounds of Marapana Road. It is anticipated that the community will adopt the work as an identity for both City Beach Primary School and the Japanese School. From beyond the school ground, residents and members of the community will be able to identify the playful, undulating coloured panels, as a having a strong relationship to the rhythms of the adjacent ocean tide line.
The artwork concept draws inspiration from the strong presence of the ocean glimpses from City Beach Primary School, by incorporating representations of linear elements that stem from where the land and sea encounter each other – the tide line - the point of porosity. The tide line is a continually changing motional phenomenon: mesmerising, rhythmical, often lyrical, recurring but never repetitive in its form. The point of porosity, as mentioned, becomes a metaphor for not just the meeting of entities, but also the absorption of one into another. In this sense, it could be read as a metaphor for education/learning and the imparting of knowledge, which is never a one-way process. It could also be further interpreted as the merging of two schools. The artwork proposal delivers a colourful and lively visual statement in the centre of the existing school’s façade, intended as an abstraction of linear and planar forms from the tidal line at City Beach.
The artwork cantilevers from the wall into the pathway and becomes a playful intervention, or punctuation, almost at the centre point in the School’s façade. However, it does not protrude beyond existing objects along the pathway (e.g. air conditioner cages).A series of drawings that trace and overlap the changing tide line, created whilst standing with one foot in the water looking along the coastline, have become the source material for the undulations featured in the artwork. The drawings will be slightly abstracted, digitised and translated into an undulating, three dimensional surface.