Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fiona Stanley Hospital Tower (Untitled)

The Fiona Stanley Hospital Tower was installed yesterday (19 July 2011).
15 metre painted tower fabricated from mild steel including a 2 metre stainless steel tip.

It is designed to act as a distinct way finding device for the campus.  Also important will be its symbolic and inspirational function.

It has been developed from a series of drawings which explore the idea of a column as an expression of the connection between the sky and the earth.
The ideas have evolved through drawings and the folding and unfolding of strips of paper. They have then been further extended through 3D digital rendering.

The folding and unfolding could be seen as a metaphor for contemplation and the possibility for transcendence and ascension.

Where the column touches the earth all possibilities and directions are open for exploration. Spiral and step forms are also evident in the structure.

Towers and columns have typically had a place in academic and learning institutions as an emblem for their ideals.

l-r: Ben Jones, Buffy Jones, Angela McHarrie, Tony Jones