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Monaro Mall. Photo: Bronwen Jones.
Monaro Mall. Photo: Bronwen Jones.
Free event

Graphic Intervention - City Walk

DESIGN Canberra’s graphic interventions have become a signature element of the festival program each year, transforming artist’s practice to a larger stage and opening up other opportunities.

In 2020, DESIGN Canberra will centre the majority of our vibrant CBD programs at Monaro Mall’s iconic City Walk entry, home to Frank Hinder’s beautiful installation underneath the imposing slim pillars and mosaic tiles which have stood the test of time. The Monaro Mall entry is an inspiring expression of the vision of our early planners, designers and artists. It is a timely reminder of our contemporary shared responsibility to preserve and appreciate our rich design history, especially from the mid-century. A graphic intervention (ground mural) will be installed at the foot of the Monaro Mall canopy across City Walk, in front of the CRA’s new City Walk Public Realm Improvements. This is a highly visible opportunity for a local artist to translate their work to a large public scale.

Acclaimed early career glass artist Hannah Gason will use the CBD graphic intervention to re-imagine the glass mosaic by Frank Hinder, Star Ceiling (1963). Gason, a Canberra-based visual artist, has drawn on the negative space between each section of colour to lead the passerby’s eyes to the pillars and upwards to Star Ceiling. The mosaic and bands of colour celebrate the arrangement of Hinder’s mosaic. The artist has chosen shades of a golden yellow, to bring the bright golden light we experience in Canberra right into the city.