Client: City of Karratha
Location: Karratha, Australia
Completion date: 2020
Artwork budget: $30,000
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Work in progress. For this walkway at the Wickham Community Hub the artist, Paula Hart is installing an image using the Dutch Redfort Fabric’s product Dedots, up the wall and over onto the ceiling of an external walkway.
Wickham is a town in the Pilbara, a large, dry, thinly populated region in the north of Western Australia. It is known for its Aboriginal peoples; its ancient landscapes; the red earth; and its vast mineral deposits, in particular iron ore. It is also a global biodiversity hotspot. This image of Australian flora in dots above the walkway gives the effect of a dappled light canopy. This is intended to complement the building which uses Swiss Pearl cladding to great effect as stripes. The idea being the Wickham Community Centre is like a shaded safe place within a rugged terrain.
The artist chose to travel to the Amsterdam studio to work shoulder to shoulder to translate the imagery into this new innovative product. All stakeholders are excited to see the project progressing off the screen and coming to realisation. Production is on hold due to the impact of Covid-19 with installation intended later in 2020.
DeDots is Redfort Fabric's newest architectural fabric. It starts with a dot. The dot like a pixel. The colourful PC-ASA thermoplastic pixels are mounted on a modularised welded steel framing system, giving the opportunity to create unique images, patterns, colours and surfaces. As the Dedots team like to say, “We will create a canvas on which we can depict the grandest stories of our dreams.”