ARTISTS Matthew Tobin, Jennifer Marchant
CLIENT Australian Federal Police
ARCHITECT Liam Proberts
LOCATION Canberra, ACT, Australia
DESIGN UAP Studio
UAP Principal Matthew Tobin was part of the design team headed by architects Fairweather Proberts that won a national design competition to design Australia’s National Police Memorial. A 27-metre textured bronze wall serves as the main architectural element and is adorned with 1200 touchstone plaques inscribed with
the names of the fallen officers.
Etched into the facetted and undulating pavement are personal messages from loved ones of those who have passed away.
The Australian Police Memorial received the 2005 National Design Competition award.
Matthew Tobin studied Visual Arts under prominent Australian artists William Robinson, Robert Morris, June Tupicoff and Robert Moore, before establishing Urban Art Projects in 1993. Matthew has collaborated extensively with artists and architects to create site-specific works for the public realm, and with Liam Proberts won the commission to design the Australian Police Memorial in Canberra in 2005. Landmark projects Matthew has realised for UAP include the Walama Forecourt at Sydney International Airport; Fiona Foley’s Mackay Artistic Infrastructure Project; and Reconciliation Place, Canberra. Based in Shanghai, Matthew heads up UAP’s China office, and is currently overseeing Entry Artworks for Shanghai Expo 2010, as well as projects in Ningbo, Kunshan and Dongqian.
Jennifer Marchant has over 26 years of experience in the field of graphic design. As an Australian based designer, Marchant has collaborated on several commissions including the History Walk for the Port of Brisbane, Brisbane; Reconciliation Place, Canberra; Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise; National Police Memorial, Canberra; and Radio 4BC, Brisbane, Australia. Marchant’s clear and vibrant graphic work sets her apart from other designers. Recently the artist was recognized with a commendation by the Design Institute of Australia for her Environmental Graphics on the Radio 4BC project.