PUGIN'S TRELLIS OF MARRI-KINGIA CREATURES, 2017
Frit glass facade: 8.4m x 7.4m H

PUGIN'S TRELLIS OF MARRI-KINGIA INSECTS, 2017
Balustrade: 8.17m x 5.11m H

Byford Secondary College. 

Percent for Art commission for
the Department of Finance 

    

   

The above two fully integrated public artworks Pugin’s Trellis of Marri-Kingia Creatures and Pugin’s Trellis of Marri-Kingia Insects include a patterned façade (frit glass) and balustrade respectively. The pattern layout and design echo the geometry and aesthetics of Augustus Pugin’s Trellis wallpaper which was popular in domestic Australian residences in the mid-nineteenth century (Historic Houses Trust, nd.).

My design substitutes the English floral motifs for insects of the Marri-Kingia ecology, interpreted through contemporary materials and technology, including laser-cut aluminium balustrade and white ceramic bonded onto the glass panes of the façade to act as screening. In this way, I contribute to a decolonisation, by replacing the colonialist's notion of what was appropriate for this place, with the local ecology. 

Photos by Douglas Mark Black