UAP were engaged to deliver the holistic public art program for the new Australian Tax Office in Brisbane. Located at 55 Elizabeth Street the architecture features a unique covered terrace area in the upper western corner. The terrace area is approximately three storeys in height. Artist Robyn Backen developed the artwork 'Night Watch' for the building’s upper terrace area which is visible from a range of vantage points around the city. The artwork was officially launched by Grocon and Brisbane City Council on 7 June 2013.
UAP recently attended the inaugural Art Basel held in Hong Kong in May 2013. Artist Penny Byrne was the featured artist for Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf's Sydney gallery Sullivan and Strumpf.
UAP collaborated with HBA’s interior architects to design 4 large scale sculptural screens for the major lobbies and entries for Guangzhou’s Four Seasons Hotel and Office development. UAP was engaged to design develop, fabricate and install the decorative screens which ranged in height from 12 metres and 3 metres. The decorative screens required detailed, complex fabrication drawings and a high level of integration with the surrounding interior design.
The nine-story, 5000m² kinetic facade of the Brisbane Airport Domestic car park, formally opened in August, is the result of a three-way collaboration between American artist Ned Kahn, Urban Art Projects (UAP) and Hassell (Sydney).
The city of Port Hedland recently commissioned artists to deliver a creative children’s play area for an extension to its Cemetery Beach Park along the foreshore. UAP with FORM facilitated skills development workshops with artists from the Spinifex Hill Artists collective which delivered the three commissioned concepts for integration into the park.
UAP and FORM were invited by LandCorp to develop an overarching Art Strategy for LandCorp’s Baynton West housing development in Karratha, Western Australia. Baynton West is set to become a benchmark public art project, placing it at the forefront of residential and community development in the Pilbara. In partnership, UAP and FORM combined the strengths and experience of both organisations with that of an established group of artists in the local community – Roebourne Art Group (RAG). UAP and FORM facilitated a workshop process which included a series of tailored sessions with participating RAG artists, which provided a unique platform for the professional development of the RAG artists and for the selection of artists and artworks for the project. Artists whose concepts were chosen for the project include Wendy Warrie, Janine Samson, Gavin Snook and Violet Samson, with a number of their works currently in progress in UAP's Brisbane foundry.
Urban Art Projects has recently been involved in a number of projects within the healthcare sector namely, Gold Coast University Hospital and Brisbane's Mater Mothers' Hospital. Curator Renai Grace of Positive Solutions worked with each hospital to implement an integrated and broad art strategy to deliver artworks that achieved their respective visions. The result was a series of works that recognise art as being fundamental to an environment that fosters wellness during a patient's hospital stay, improving their experience as well as those of staff and family visitors to the hospital. UAP was engaged by each hospital via Positive Solutions to deliver the Design and Construction programs. UAP has also worked closely with artists Sebastian Di Mauro and Carly Kotynski on their successful commissions at two Queensland hospitals. Commissioned by Logan Hospital, Sebastian approached UAP to assist with the fabrication of his piece, 'Undulant' for the hospital's Maternity Ward. The work uses large-scale curved forms covered in faux turf to transform the otherwise non-descript waiting room area of the child and maternal healthcare centre. Proving popular with visitors of all ages, the artwork successfully enlivens a potentially clinical atmosphere, transforming it into a fun and interactive zone. Carly Kotynski was successfully chosen by Robina Hospital to create a public artwork for its Boulevard Courtyard. Carly employed the help of UAP in fabricating her design of six cast aluminium pieces, finished with applied enamel and mosaic tiles. Her sculptural elements are based upon the seeds of plants used for modern pharmaceutical purposes. This creates a strong connection between the artwork and the hospital environment it has been created for. Pictured above is ‘...And all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands.’ by Marisa Molin for Mater Mothers Hospital. See full post below for images of other UAP Healthcare projects.
Temporary art festival, Art with Altitude recently saw Brisbane's Airport Village transformed into an engaging public art space. Co-curated by UAP Senior Curatorial Lead Natasha Smith and Brisbane curator and artist Megan Cope, the week-long festival invited the public to engage with a unique collection of temporary installations responding to the festival theme of LAND to SKY and BEYOND, exploring concepts of flight, transition, movement and the atmosphere. Live music by a number of Brisbane based groups, roving performances by Flipside Circus, children’s theatre performances and workshops, combined with the colourful and interactive installations, made for an energetic and enticing atmosphere, irresistible to younger visitors and families. See full post below for more Art with Altitude images.
Urban Art Projects was recently commissioned by Signtime, on behalf of the client, the University of Townsville to create a series of customised plaque stands. Each stand is made of cast aluminium, and features a simple folded flap upon which to place each plaque. Originally the client envisaged a more detailed timber pattern, however UAP offered an alternative pattern in order to keep within the client's budget.
In a recent project, UAP collaborated with Place Design Group to create a bespoke privacy screen for a private residence in Noosa. The client sought a customised screen to complement the new landscape design. Four screens are to be placed over a 4-5 metre span interspersed with flowers and select foliage growing between them. The screen effectively fulfills its dual purpose as a bespoke artwork solution in addition to increasing the privacy of the surrounding gardens.