The popular DESIGN Canberra graphic intervention project has transformed our city centre every November. In 2020, the program will be bigger than ever with three new installations across Canberra.
A large-scale graphic intervention is an opportunity for designers to develop site specific works to transform public spaces and show them in a new light. In turn, the project enriches an artist’s practice, bringing diverse audiences to their work.
For instance, thanks to the visibility gained from the DESIGN Canberra graphic intervention in 2017, Jodie Cunningham was invited to collaborate on a series of large-scale artworks and installations for the Wooley St Project (PLACE Laboratory, 2019). Cunningham’s signature bright colours and geometric shapes defined her ‘Canberra Journeys’ artworks which were successfully applied to the precinct’s gateway, street murals and light poles.
Our city’s design heritage presents rich opportunities for creative responses. Canberra is one of the few designed national capital cities in the world and the local Ngunnawal People’s culture of invention has been in motion for more than 75,000 years. Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago, iconic experimental modernist architecture of the 1950s and 60s, and contemporary and sustainable design developments today, are some of the many ways that Canberra has been – and will always be – a living design laboratory.