Project Description

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.

ARTIST | Davis Thomas

PROJECT | Sunshine Coast University Hospital | Central Courtyard

CLIENT | Lendlease on behalf of Exemplar Health and Queensland Government

iAM Scope | Curatorial, Public Art Project Management

Kin is a subtle yet dynamic artwork that reflects upon the ancient local landscape and flora, cycles of time, rituals of community, gathering and belonging. The artwork functions as both a visually engaging vista from within the waiting room, as well as a porous screen giving privacy between the waiting room and the activities within the courtyard. The Cancer Care Courtyard, offers secluded views for reflection and observation of the artwork to gather their thoughts or simply be for a moment.

Each sculptural element is handmade and unique, offering a diffused vibrant light source that transitions across a colour sweep of healing colours. The pace of light change is such that the viewer might not recognise the change until it is complete – creating a subtle dynamism in the work. The native flora of the area inspires the concept; the richness of texture, structure, colour and form of this ancient native habitat. In particular the Banksia and it’s cycle from seed pod to flower to pod has underpinned the visual language of the sculptural elements. They transition from one form to the other in a cycle that echoes in time immemorial; connecting to both the annual cycle of seasons and the geographic timescale of the Sunshine Coast’s landscape.

ARTIST | Davis Thomas

PROJECT | Sunshine Coast University Hospital | Central Courtyard

CLIENT | Lendlease on behalf of Exemplar Health and Queensland Government

iAM Scope | Curatorial, Public Art Project Management

The centrepiece of the hospital is an enclosed central courtyard, forming the green heart of the main building complex.  The courtyard has been designed to accommodate leisure activities for both children and adults as well as spaces that allow for quiet, contemplative reflection. The Kindred artwork has emerged from the history of the previous landscapes of the hospital site: the grasslands, fields and flora of the Kawana area. This artwork relates the visual language of grasslands and seed pods weaving an elegant and gentle visual narrative throughout the courtyard. Made up of two inter-related key elements – the wall structure and vertical sculptural elements, Kindred uses a simple system of repeating motif, form and materials by which to resonate with the grassland ecology of the site.

The sculptural elements sitting on the peak of each curving pole also feature a light source embedded into the sculptural pod. The reflective surface of these elements will allow for a responsive daytime quantity attuned to the sunlight and weather, whilst at night the work will come to life in a unique and tranquil way. The elements will glow, reflect and shadow a warm white light. Kindred will cycle through a program of fluctuating light commands that will activate each lantern within a cluster to emit a warm undulating white light. The effect will be that in the night the landmark parabolic wall work will be transform into an oscillating cloud of light, woven together by the individual clusters located through out the space.