PROJECT The Remnant
ARTISTS Keith Armstrong & James Muller
PRODUCTION Keith Armstrong & James Muller
SOUND DESIGN Leah Barclay
LOCATION
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Ecological Information Centre, Maleny, Australia
DURATION 28th May – 6th June 2010

Keith Armstrong, James Muller and Leah Barclay have recently collaborated to produce  new media interactive installation THE REMNANT (v.1), a major commission for the 2010 Sunshine Coast Council’s TreeLine ecoArt. A remnant is something that remains when the majority of that something has been lost. By focusing upon an isolated remnant rainforest set within a patchwork quilt of surrounding blocks, this art-science project challenges audiences to re-imagine our conceptions of country in ways that will lead us to better reconnect and sustain today’s heavily divided landscapes.

THE REMNANT (v.1) draws upon the dramatic power of holographic 3D illusion, satellite imagery, surround sound and intuitive body driven interactivity. Participants peer into a mysterious, long tunnel of imagery whilst navigating entirely via their gentle head movements – allowing them to both ‘steer’ in three dimensions and also ‘alight’, as a butterfly might, upon a sector of landscape – which in turn reveals an underlying ‘landscape of mind’.

More information: Embodied Media | The Remnant

After 18 years of creating public art and design projects internationally via UAP’s Australian design studio and workshop, UAP can now call Houston, Texas home to its latest atelier.

The launch of UAP’s most recent studio last month is particularly significant to Daniel Tobin, UAP’s co-founding Principal, who has permanently relocated to Houston from Australia.

Daniel, who has delivered numerous art strategies and public art projects in North America and the Middle East – the largest of which the KAUST Beacon and International Art Program – is particularly excited about the opportunities relocating to the United States presents.

I am very enthusiastic about the Houston studio and what it represents for our clients in North America. Opening the Los Angeles studio in 2007 was a major milestone for UAP and saw us forge a number of successful collaborations. The addition of Houston will only strengthen these relations further whilst creating opportunities for new ones.” Tobin said.

Daniel will be supported by John Dupuy, UAP’s Director of Project Development and Design for North America and MENA. The pair first collaborated on the KAUST project where John was one of HOK’s senior designer’s for the $10B University master plan.

About Daniel Tobin, Principal – North America | Middle East

Following art school, Daniel Tobin studied design at NIDA and worked with Sydney Theatre Company before joining his brother Matthew to co-found Urban Art Projects in 1993. Daniel is instrumental in the development of UAP’s key markets in North America and throughout the Middle East, completing masterplan art strategies for Sahl Hasheesh in Egypt and Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai.

Daniel is currently directing the International Art Program for King Abdullah University of Science & Technology in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and has also designed the university’s iconic Beacon. Daniel’s landmark projects in Australia include Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Commercial Precinct Art Program; Sydney’s Redfern Park and the Queensland State Library’s Black Opium with artist Fiona Foley.

About John T. Dupuy, Director – Design + Project Development – North America | Middle East

For 15 years John Dupuy has practiced Urban Design, Planning and Landscape Architecture in the US and internationally. He has extensive experience in the Middle East region as a site planner, and designer.

John has worked on the campus of King Abdullah University for Science and Technology in Jeddah Saudi Arabia as a Senior Designer to define the public realm through landscape, site amenities and the public art program developed by Urban Art Projects.

With UAP John manages Design and Project Development activities for major projects in North America and the Middle East. He has extensive experience in directing collaborative team workshops and charettes. John has worked with multi-disciplinary teams of architects, engineers, artists and other consultants to comprehensively coordinate integrated design solutions. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture.

PROJECT Westfield Culver City
CLIENT Westfield
LOCATION Culver City, CA, USA
ARTISTS Chris Doyle, Jeff Kopp, David Trubridge
CURATOR LACE, Carol Stakenas, UAP, Jodie Cox
DESIGN UAP Studio, Elishia Whitchurch
FABRICATION UAP, David Trubridge Studio
YEAR 2009

Culver City, California is nestled to the west of Los Angeles and is known as “The heart of screenland”. At the focal point of a recent city-wide regeneration, Urban Art Projects delivered a program of site-specific artworks at Westfield Culver City, designed to strengthen community cultural life and enhance the quality of public spaces.

Local emerging artists and high-profile international artists developed commissions for what was Westfield USA’s first integrated art program.

Required by government policy to contribute a percentage of the development budget to the community, Westfield Culver City has become the United States’ first Westfield shopping center to realize the potential for local community engagement through the integration of considered public art. Supported by the collaboration of local curators and council representatives, the original, permanent installations not only create new family gathering spaces and build community identity; they also add lasting value to the development itself.

The commissions, situated at three key points in the center and transcending multiple floor-levels, are designed to engage visitors in shaping their own personal experience of place:

FAMILY ART PARK, JEFF KOPP

Family art park Punctuation Station, designed by local artist Jeff Kopp, has already become a memorable destination within the center.  The forms of oversized punctuation marks are thoroughly integrated into the mall, activating a range of interesting spaces and encouraging open, inventive play.

INTERIOR LOUNGE, DAVID TRUBRIDGE

Neptune’s Necklace by New Zealander David Trubridge combines spiraling forms of lighting and seating to become the energetic centerpiece of the plaza. A unique environment with bespoke artistic elements, this lounge area provides a hub for social engagement and a sanctuary for rest and re-invigoration. The sculptural seat elements are hand-carved from solid blocks of New Zealand timber (taken from trees felled in a fire), adding to the space the warmth of organic materials and a tactile connection with nature.

NORTH WEST ENTRY COURT, CHRIS DOYLE

The final component, Culver City Currency is a contemporary mobile by New Yorker Chris Doyle. It displays lenticular lightboxes which shift as they move between portraits of people and pictures of architecture from the local area.

PROJECT Najmat Public Realm
CLIENT Reem Developers
LOCATION Abu Dhabi, UAE
LEAD CONSULTANT AECOM
ART CONSULTANT UAP
YEAR 2012 (Phase I completion)

UAP has recently been appointed as the art consultant for Najmat Abu Dhabi on Al Reem Island with lead consultant AECOM.  Commencing mid-June, UAP is developing the project’s art strategy, identifying artwork locations, types and budget guidelines for a diverse range of integrated and stand alone public artworks.  Approved opportunities will then be realized  from concept design through design development.

AECOM approached UAP to assist them in creating a vibrant public realm for the urban waterfront property, which has dedicated 55% of its land to open spaces, public parks, children’s playground and shaded walkways.  Najmat is an $8 billion project by Reem Developers located 300 meters off coast of Abu Dhabi’s city centre. Phase I is scheduled to open in late 2012.

PROJECT Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
CLIENT Bates Smart, Melbourne
LOCATION Melbourne, VIC, Australia
ARTIST Nike Savvas
ARTWORK TITLE Sun Sculptures
DESIGN UAP Studio, Alanah Walker
YEAR 2010

As part of the development of Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, Nike Savvas collaborated with UAP to submit this artwork concept for the central atrium space.

Sun Sculptures uses brightly coloured rope woven in algebraic patterns to create a striking, organic optical effect. The repeated sculptural forms, each between 9 and 11 meters high and 5 meters wide, would lightly inhabit and activate the space creating a sense of ethereality at a large scale.

Viewed from below, each form functions like a giant sun, providing moments of reflection and escape for those who become captivated in the swirling iridescent voids. Responding to the site as a place for children’s healing, the artwork brings the sun’s positive symbolism of happiness, hope, nourishment, and growth into the interior space.


Nike Savvas / Sliding Ladder Series,  2010 / Courtesy Breenspace Gallery Sydney


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Henry Moore / Large Spindle Piece / cast bronze; Alexander Calder / Flexibility of Balance / painted steel

PROJECT Jeddah Streetscape Regeneration
CLIENT Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company (JDURC)
LOCATION Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
YEAR 2010

The Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company (JDURC) was formed in 2006 to help steer the city’s rapid economic and urban expansion. Through strategic partnerships with the private sector, JDURC is charged with facilitating and implementing a twenty year integrated approach to revitalize Jeddah and establish it as a commercial and tourist destination.  UAP was commissioned to assist this vision with an extensive public realm assessment and art masterplan for the city’s streetscape.

Jeddah is a bastion of open air public art. There are hundreds of pieces within the city’s collection, sited in roundabouts and along the corniche.  Works by internationally renowned artists such as Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and Cesar Baldaccini are scattered amongst works by local sculptors.

The artworks, ranging from large-scale landmark pieces to wayfinding and small- to medium- scale discovery pieces, were assessed by UAP for quality and suitability of materials, and overall condition. Detailed practical recommendations were made for the collection’s conservation, restoration and the potential relocation of some works. The assessment also considered the artistic significance and historical context of the artworks for the city of Jeddah, as well as each artwork’s placement in relation to the streetscape and other works, providing a framework for future art commissions.


Cesar Baldaccini / The Eye / cast bronze;
Aref el Rayess / Pure Abstraction / painted stone