Commendation Awarded to Bark Lab for 'Growth'

'Growth' by Bark Lab was awarded a Commendation at the 2014 Sunshine Coast Regional Architecture Awards.

It was one of 12 outstanding projects honoured by the Australian Institute of Architects on Friday night at Noosa Heads.

Winners of the awards, held at Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort and Spa, Noosa, will progress to the Queensland Architecture Awards to be announced in Brisbane on June 20, where 'Growth' will be in the running to be considered for the 2014 Queensland AIA 'Art and Architecture Prize'.

Twenty-two projects were entered in the awards with 12 projects being awarded regional commendations by the jury.

‘Growth’ was created by architects from Barklab with students from UQ School of Architecture for the Sunshine Coast’s biennial environmental art festival - ‘Floating Land’ 2013.

Inspired by the sunlight which provides ‘growth’ to nature, and through a series of physical constructs, it aimed to ‘celebrate’ one’s experience of nature and provide an inextricable link to the landscape on the shores of Lake Cootharaba.

As an ephemeral sculpture ‘Growth’ stretched across three complementary sites incorporating the ‘bush’, ‘beach’ and ‘water,’ with an axial relationship to Noosa Hill.

‘Growth’ was designed as a creative process, an engagement in collaborative making, as much as a finished series of sculptural elements in the landscape.

From conception to installation, ‘Growth’ provided the framework for ‘making’ locally and was concurrently recorded and made public via social media globally.

Taking the motif of the Keys Boronia flower, which was once the logo for the Noosa Council as the key visual cue, the design was an economical, modular and repetitive use of sustainable components.

Using 3,000 plantation grown plywood pieces, recycled timber, natural cotton rope and found pieces, ‘Growth’ engaged the audience to consider and ‘look’ at the environment through a reconfigured frame of view.

‘Growth’ has been a rewarding and parallel creative process to inform traditional architecture practice, and has literally grown from the initial installation on the shores of Lake Cootharaba at the biennial art festival to be reinstalled and exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney as part of the Ultimo Art and Science Festival, presented at Balance – Unbalance Conference 2013, then morphed into ‘Coral’ at Sculpture by the Sea 2013 in Bondi, Sydney and the process has been recorded and enabled positive social media dialogue which extended the conversations beyond the physical site.

The ‘Growth project has recently received an RADF grant for “Growth – the creative process” which will be a short film screening and design talk event series to be presented at Sunshine Coast venues in May – June 2014, to advocate and celebrate the beneficial ‘crossovers’ between art and architecture practice, with venues and dates to be announced soon.

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