The Foyer Oxford: A social housing project for disadvantaged youth. 
Clients: Foundation Housing in collaboration with Anglicare and Central Institute of Technology
Architects: GHD (with Chindarsi Blueprint)
Artist: Pamela Gaunt
Location: 196, Oxford Street, Leederville, Perth, Western Australia
Date: 2012 – 2014

Title: Constellation #I + #II
Background

This project involved a unique partnership between Foundation Housing Ltd, Anglicare WA, Central Institute of Technology and the Western Australian Government’s Department of Housing. The artworks entitled Constellation I & II, are comprised of a glass façade and an adjacent illuminated seat in the outer courtyard on Oxford Street.

The creation of these site-specific artworks involved close collaboration between the artist, the Foyer partners, the architectural and design team and Western Australian fabricators, in particular, Cooling Brothers Glass, Artcom, Total Control Integration and Sun Industries.

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Research
Constellation #1 the illuminated glass façade, takes up the entire north wall of the Foyer Oxford building. Embedded in the design are the aspirational drawings of residents of the apartments, giving the artwork added depth and meaning. Through repetition, layering, and digital enhancement the resident’s drawings have been interwoven to create a pseudo-knitted pattern of tonal greys and whites, within which coloured circular motifs act as high points, glowing softly at night. Permission was sought from the residents to translate their drawings for the façade. The design is representative of a constellation, a group of stars, which together form a pattern, create light and are intended as a metaphor for the notion of community.

Weather conditions, and angles at which this artwork is seen, give changing perspectives for daytime viewers. An illuminated, semi ovoid-shaped seat nearby, entitled Constellation Two is a companion piece to the glass facade. It invites people to pause, sit and watch the façade transform from its day to nocturnal persona. As this occurs, intriguing new dimensions of the design become more visible and dominant. This artwork has a strong nocturnal presence and dynamism. It actively contributes to the evening ambience and character of Oxford Street.

The facade is created entirely of glass, printed with Imagink, a ceramic based ink, toughened and laminated to withstand the elements, the wall is comprised of ten panels, each weighing 100 kilograms behind which, electro-luminescent lighting (Flatlight) is inserted.



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Photographer: Robert Frith, Acorn, Unless otherwise indicated.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford
Constellation #I, Foyer Oxford, Leederville, Perth.
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Constellation #I + #II, Foyer Oxford,
Leederville, Perth.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I + #II, Foyer Oxford,
Leederville, Perth.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I + #II, detail glass façade.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, Foyer Oxford, Leederville, Perth.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Nocturnal view Constellation #I,
see video for animation.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Nocturnal view Constellation #I
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Nocturnal view Constellation #I
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Constellation #I, detail of pattern flow over window.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, detail of printed glass pattern.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, detail of printed glass pattern.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, detail of printed glass pattern.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #II, semi ovoid seat.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #II, semi ovoid seat.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #II, semi ovoid seat.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #II, seat detail of printed glass pattern.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #II, seat detail of printed glass pattern.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #II, seat detail of printed glass pattern.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, interior view of printed glass pattern.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, interior view of printed glass pattern.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, interior detail of printed glass pattern. Photo: The artist.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, detail of stacked printed glass during fabrication. Photo: The artist.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, detail of printing process.
Photo: The artist.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #I, detail of printing process.
Photo: The artist.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Oxford Foyer Façade - flatlight installation-in-progress.
Photo: The artist.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Foyer Oxford, Leederville, Perth, prior to artwork installation. Photo: The artist.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Oxford Foyer Façade - flatlight installation-in-progress.
Photo: The artist.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Constellation #II, seating installation-in-progress.
Photo: The artist.
Pamela Gaunt – The Foyer Oxford pdf
Cooling Bros. Glass staff and glass panels. Photo: The artist.

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