KAUST Breakwater Beacon

30 August, 2009

Breakwater Beacon at KAUST by Urban Art Projects

CLIENT KAUST | Aramco International
LOCATION Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
ARTIST Daniel Tobin
DESIGN UAP Studio, Daniel Tobin, Matthew Tobin, Jamie Perrow
ARCHITECT Fairweather Proberts, Liam Proberts, Alex Eckersley
ENGINEER Robert Bird Group, Ross McDonald, Lance Barton
LIGHTING Norman Disney Young
YEAR 2009

Designed by UAP Principal, Daniel Tobin, with Matthew Tobin and Jamie Perrow, the Breakwater Beacon has become a symbol for the University. Responding to a brief from the client and project architects HOK, Urban Art Projects created a contemporary interpretation of a lighthouse. The work drew inspiration from ancient Arabic maritime traditions, in-region artwork and architectural detailing, linking to the marine ecology of the Red Sea.

The Beacon stands at the entry point to the harbour, soaring sixty metres into the sky creating a university marker. Built in pre-cast concrete blocks, the complex structure is a collection of unique amorphous hexagonal sections stepping up out of the Red Sea into an elliptical spire. The reverential interior space—with the skin of the atrium creating a dappled shaded effect – is designed for communal gatherings.

PROJECT Old Government House Chandelier
CLIENT Conrad Gargett Architecture
LOCATION Brisbane, QLD, Australia
ARTIST UAP Studio | Belinda Smith
ARTWORK TITLE Inflorescence
YEAR 2009

UAP were commissioned to create a new chandelier to replace the iconic centrepiece of Old Government House as part of a major restoration project by architects, Conrad Gargett.

UAP managed this project from design to installation, developing an innovative solution to suspend the chandelier safely from an irreplaceable heritage glass atrium. The chandelier emulates the beauty of palm inflorescences (a cascading seed branch typical to sub-tropical plants) and complements the interior finishes of the historic building.

Lavish yet organically elegant, it supports a cascade of some 50,000 topaz and champagne crystals.

Mangrove Pod Launch Event

Sugar Cubes sculpture sample for Mackay Bluewater Trail, and Nails sculpture pattern Mangrove Pod, Mackay Bluewater Quay, Fiona Foley

Intended site for Mangrove Pod, Mackay Bluewater TrailMackay Mangrove Pod depicted in intended site by night

Renowned Australian artist Fiona Foley and Urban Art Projects (UAP) have collaborated to develop a significant landscape marker for the Mackay Bluewater Trail. At a special launch event at UAP’s premises on 20 August, invited guests joined the artist and UAP staff to  witness the inaugural testing of the artwork’s internal lighting system.

The 9.5m high weathered steel sculpture is illuminated from within by two rings of solar powered blue LEDs. Echoing the stars of the night sky under which the artwork will be placed, pinpricks of light stream through holes in the upper pod.

The Mangrove Pod is one of 6 artworks that UAP has produced with Fiona Foley for the Bluewater Trail development. Visitors enjoyed viewing samples of these and other sculptures in progress in the UAP workshop.

Red-letter day for urban art project | Art & Theatre | Mackay Daily Mercury

UAP Mentorship Program

1 August, 2009


UAP in July 2009 announced a new Mentorship Residency for emerging artists or designers to provide an emerging practitioner with a unique opportunity to develop their creative skills during a three month residency at the Urban Art Projects studio in Northgate, Brisbane. This new mentorship project is supported and managed by artisan.

UAP and artisan are excited to announce that talented Brisbane designer KT Doyle was successfully selected as the inaugural recipient of this important new grant. UAP Principal Daniel Tobin said “We were specifically interested in supporting edgy and experimental work to facilitate a creative and dynamic Queensland industry and are delighted by the idea of working closely with KT Doyle over the next 3 months of project development.”

 Together, they will conspire with creative talent to give power to artistic vision to KT’s project. This dynamic professional mentorship will future design dialogue and push the boundaries of art and design.

KT Doyle says “I am both excited about and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with UAP under the inaugural 2009 Mentorship Residency for emerging designers. I believe the next three months will extend the ways in which I currently work and I am looking forward to the chance to experiment, explore and expand my practice through collaboration with the talented team at UAP.”