Policing public art
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Design collective The 3rd Door and Matt Westlake recently completed the public art that features in the new Glenorchy Police Station. The Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme commission brief called for three separate elements to be completed, including artworks for the foyer, glass embellishments for internal windows and a conference table. The client was keen for the artworks to create a welcoming atmosphere that would inspire confidence in the Department of Police and Emergency Management and express a fresh design aesthetic.
The 3rd Door was successful in their proposal to use a gradient colour pattern as the visual link between the different components in the building: “Our main focus was to create a seamless visual language that could be used throughout the building in a variety of formats. We decided to create a modular design that was flexible and dynamic in its application, whilst being contemporary and accessible to the general public.” The result is a striking and cohesive artwork that creates a calming ambience for both staff and clients.
The commission also included a boardroom table that was created by Matt Westlake. Matt is a shipwright and furniture designer/maker who used traditional skills to craft a unique table, which splits along on its longitude axis to become two wall units if required.
The 3rd Door is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Cygnet that is led by Amanda Kay and Jerome Dobinson. With various backgrounds in graphic design, art direction, digital design and fine arts practices such as drawing, printmaking, painting and commercial illustration, The 3rd Door brings a range of creative skills and collaborations to their projects.
The Glenorchy Police Station is the first Tasmanian Art Site Commission awarded to The 3rd Door and Matt Westlake: “Through this commission, The 3rd Door has been able to expand into a larger scale of production, whereby we have been given the opportunity to work with new materials and new technological processes. This has enabled the studio to take on a new direction both professionally and creatively whilst allowing our work to be appreciated by a wider public audience than before.”
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Image credit: The 3rd Door, Wisp, 2014, vinyl