art can come to us in all sorts of ways

This is just an aside, but some worthy work in the public realm by current exhibiting artist at the gallery, Stephanie Outridge Field.
Stephanie has done a number of commissions and community art projects for a number of organisations and local authorities. This one was a project run by Landscape Architectural firm, VERGE, for Logan City Council in south-east Queensland.

Stephanie was commissioned to provide custom architectural ceramic for pathways and signs as public artwork elements in a 90 hectare park. As the project evolved however, Stephanie’s commission expanded to a beautiful public building, the Interpretive Centre, designed by AR2 Architects in Brisbane.

Stephanie spent ages on site examining and observing the site and its landscape to come up with a delicate, layered concept for her artwork for the building. The outcome is something that looks like stone from a distance, but at close range is textural, subtle in hue and rich in pattern and symbol. The panels measure over 2.5 x 1.2 m, weigh a ton and will withstand the fiercest treatment - natural or human. Her work is truly a beautiful compliment to the building and the wetland / forested site.

Grown men (building contractors) actually had a tear in the eye when they stood back and looked at the completed work.

Art is an amazing thing - not just in galleries, but when it is thoughtfully integrated into our daily lives and our public spaces. Stephanie did a huge job here - in quantity, quality and the meaning she layered over a built element in a unique place.

We are very glad to be able to exhibit Stephanie’s more personal, introspective and diminutive work at our gallery.

Client: Logan City Council
Landscape Architect and Lead Consultant: Verge
Architect: AR2
Project Managers: GHD (Brisbane)
Builders/Site Managers: Neumann Contractors (Gold Coast)
Artist: Stephanie Outridge Field

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