Darwin, NT, Australia
ARTIST Mandy Ridley
CLIENT Toga Group
CURATORIAL Positive Solutions
DESIGN UAP Studio, Belinda Smith
CONSTRUCTION UAP Workshop
This large scale screen artwork transforms a multi-storey car park into a visual statement greeting visitors at the entrance to the Darwin Waterfront Development. It was designed by Mandy Ridley as a response to the artist’s experience of visiting Darwin and encountering an extraordinary range of stimuli; the physical environment and the rich social and cultural make up of the city and populations.
Objects from both the Southeast Asian and Maritime collections of the MAGNT are referenced to create an artwork that explores the diverse influences that have come together to create contemporary Darwin culture. Grand organic lines referencing the nearby ocean are overlaid across a dense screen of intricate pattern representing the heritage of immigrants who have crossed it to make Darwin their home.
As well as providing an iconic artwork cladding, this solution addresses safety issues while maintaining ventilation requirements for the car park.
Brisbane-based Mandy Ridley’s art practice spans intimate investigations of pattern, colour and craft through her object-based artworks to major site-specific public art commissions. A central focus of her work is to explore the relationships and connections between individuals, attempting to establish points of resonance between people of differing cultural experience. The works are often layered to suggest a multiplicity of contemporary experience that is grounded in historical and material culture research and the artist’s direct response to the site.