Perth College Girls School
Clients: Perth College Girls School
Architects: Donaldson & Warn (now With_Architecture Studio)
Artist: Pamela Gaunt
Fabricator: Sign Supplies
Location: Mount Lawley, Perth, Western Australia
Date: 2009

The two areas identified for the artwork were the balustrade and canopy that face onto Beaufort Street, Perth and the canopy above the lift.

Design Concept
The balustrade pattern intervention was intended to work harmoniously with the geometry of the architecture. It was conceived to appear restrained from the exterior of the building and more colourful and elaborate from level one.

The coloured section on the building face of the balustrade mirrors the brick pattern chosen by the architects for the new extension. The coloured geometric pattern is blurred by the sandblasted glass sheet floated 20mm in front. Whilst the artwork is mostly industrially produced, it was intended that there was a ‘hand quality’ to the aesthetic appearance. The glass patterns on the balustrade & the canopies were created by hand-cutting mask-out rubber stencils. The coloured sections of the canopy pieces are ‘positive’ patterns of the negative cut-outs from the balustrade.

It was also intended that the balustrade capture different lighting conditions and throw interesting shadows along the exterior and interior of the classrooms. Under certain seasonal and weather conditions, the sunlight will cause interesting refractions as it passes through the balustrade holes and then the glass.

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Materials

Balustrade:
5mm laser cut aluminium
Painted with Acrylic Lacquer with Two Pack Clear
10mm reinforced and sealed glass with hand-cut stencils and double-sided sandblasting

Balustrade and Lift Canopies:
Painted Alucobond with Acrylic Lacquer with Two Pack Clear
10mm reinforced and sealed glass with hand-cut stencils and double-sided sandblasting

Vinyl Window Strip:
Frosted Crystal Vinyl
Colour: Crystal Glass
Size: 12,000mm x 240mm

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Photographer: Robert Frith, Acorn, Unless otherwise indicated.

Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Contextual view of artwork balustrade.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Beaufort Street view of artwork balustrade.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Contextual view of artwork balustrade.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Upper level view from classroom interior of balustrade artwork.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Upper level view from classroom interior of balustrade artwork.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Upper level view from classroom interior of balustrade artwork.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Upper level view of balustrade showing light penetration through perforations.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Upper level view of canopy above balustrade.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
View through glass and metal to ground.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
View through glass and metal to ground.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Upper level view of balustrade showing light penetration through perforations.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Upper level view, artwork flows across standard glass to become a safety feature.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
The artwork changes through seasonal and lighting conditions. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
View of artwork from under the balustrade. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
View of artwork from under the balustrade. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Lift canopy.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Detail lift canopy artwork. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Detail lift canopy artwork. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Artwork installation in progress – Sign Supplies. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Artwork installation in progress – Sign Supplies. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Artwork installation in progress – Sign Supplies. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Artwork installation in progress – Sign Supplies. Photo: The artist.
Pam Gaunt – Perth College Girls School
Artwork installation in progress – Sign Supplies. Photo: The artist.

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