ARTIST | Alexander Knox
PROJECT | Sunshine Coast University Hospital
CLIENT | Lendlease on behalf of Exemplar Health and Queensland Government
iAM Scope | Curatorial, Public Art Project Management
The Outdoor Room is the key public art site for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. As the main entrance and large-scale public plaza, the Outdoor Room offers a significant opportunity for public art. It is framed by an architectural structure that defines the main entrance to the hospital and The Hub Skills, Academic and Research Centre. Encapsulating the central theme of belonging, the public art work extends a welcome to visitors, patients, students and staff to hospital.
The artist Alexander Knox, has drawn on ideas and forms from nature’s exuberant theatre of life for the work Nudibranch (shell-less sea snail). The drama of display and attraction, of mimicry and subterfuge involving the intricate and sometimes elaborate strategies nature employs to interact, survive and thrive. In particular the diverse flora and fauna from the bush and coastal wetlands and the rich marine environment surrounding the Sunshine Coast University Hospital has inspired the forms and colours of the work. Within the works form and palette are influenced by several riotously coloured Nudibranch – soft corals, the spectacular little bee-eater bird and several local flowering plants.