The design process began as a very rough concept in the submission for the EOI for the project. The broad concept was for a number of architectural forms approx 2mx2mx2m with Gollings images on the exterior faces and solid colour interiors filled with colour blocked objects from the Ian Wong Collection. Portholes would allow for objects to be concealed until approached. A paper mockup was used to explore the concept and a site visit to the gallery assisted in resolving the spacial plan and user journey. The inspiration for a 'light' scrim cube came later following discussions and interviews with John Gollings and others about Swayn's passion for atriums and light filled spaces. The concept for the inclusion of original sketches and archive material from Canberra based designers to enhance the visitors experience and awareness of Australian design came from Swayn's passion to promote community awareness of design. The use of the dot as a design element and exhibition way finding device came from the dot portrait logo of the Alastair Swayn Foundation. The gallery space was divided into two distinct spaces. LIGHT was the focus of the glazed section inviting the natural light in during the day and projecting the illuminated cubes and AV at night. COLOUR was the internal gallery space with brightly coloured cubes, archive objects, original drawings and extreme close up images by Gollings of Swayn's bold use of colour. The brightly coloured portholes were commissioned as a collaboration with FINK & Co to honour the distinguished career of Canberra’s own Robert Foster. Design in Canberra is celebrated with original drawings and objects loaned from designers with a connection to Canberra. The installation at Enlighten Festival and the exhibition at CMAG were all delivered on time and on budget and exceeded expectations.
The inaugural Alastair Swayn Showcase - Light Color Humanity celebrates both the career of Alastair Swayn and also his legacy.
The inaugural Alastair Swayn Showcase - Light Color Humanity is both a celebration of the career of Canberra Architect Alastair Swayn and also an acknowledgement of his legacy to support and promote design research through The Swayn Gallery of Australian Design . The program included a major public exhibition, floor talks, a documentary film, motion graphics, and an illuminated immersive outdoor Augmented Reality experience. The major exhibition was at the Canberra Museum + Gallery for three months and the AR experience was a featured installation at Federation Centenary Fountains during the Enlighten Festival 2023.
The design brief was outlined in an open call competitive EOI for the inaugural Creative Director for the showcase. 'The inaugural 2023 Legacy showcase should kick-start a tradition of legacy for Alastair Swayn the man - his interests, achievements and aspirations for The Swayn Gallery of Australian Design.' The successful creative director would respond to the theme Light Colour Humanity and develop a program to engage with the public during the Enlighten Festival in Canberra. The program developed responded to the theme by merging a celebration of Swayn’s architecture practice with photographic images from John Gollings, text by Professor Phillip Goad and research about Australian Design from Ian Wong. The program included a major public exhibition, a film, motion graphics, and an illuminated immersive outdoor AR experience. The major exhibition was at CMAG for three months and the AR experience was at Federation Centenary Fountains for Enlighten 2023.
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