Innovate :: Situate / Southern Cross University Design Prize

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International design collective Cave Urban and artist Katie Stewart along with a team of Southern Cross University students have been named the winners of the inaugural INNOVATE :: SITUATE design competition that will see unique, interactive shade sculptures erected in the centre of Lismore this summer.

An initiative of Lismore’s creative playground the Quad and Southern Cross University, the competition launched in August with the aim of commissioning two structures that explored re-purposing public space with sustainable materials and practices; one designed by industry professionals and one by a collaborative Southern Cross University student team made up of Engineering and Creative Arts students.

Woven by Katie Stewart and Cave Urban was the successful project selected from more than 20 entries in the professional category. Woven is an 8m x 4m bamboo structure that references two intertwining bodies and the many ‘helping hands’ that proved critical in the traumatic aftermath of the 2017 floods in Lismore, with a form that evokes two intersecting cups, drawing upon the human hand as inspiration.

Designed by local artist, Katie Stewart, with international bamboo collective Cave Urban, Woven will be an intimate space that allows for a flow of movement through the shade structure.mThe way the forms come together will encourage those within the shelter to slow down, creating a reason to pause at its centre.

Cave Urban s a Sydney-based collective that was formed in 2010 to investigate vernacular lightweight structures and their relevance to contemporary design.

Cave Urban is supporting local artist Katie Stewart in the creation of this project. Katie has worked with Cave Urban on several projects including the Ian Potter Wild Play Garden in Sydney's Centennial Park. This project is an opportunity for developing local talent, supported by experienced artists who have worked on projects commissioned by MONA, the Setouchi Arts Triennale (Japan), Art and About (Sydney), Brisbane Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Sculpture By The Sea.

Woven will be installed from 7-23 November with a team of volunteers from the local community.

The successful student team from Southern Cross University comprises Bailey Parton, Beki Davies, Robyn Saurine. Their project, Lismore Light Gardens, is a pallet pavilion that doubles as a living permaculture garden.  Each pallet structure houses a permaculture garden within the bottom cube which will mature over the course of the structure’s life in the Quad. The plants will be trained to grow around and through the top cube onto a shared shade sail that connects all three cubes. The top cube will house a solar light to illuminate the garden in the evening. The stacked pallets will provide seating and the cubes will be arranged in a triangular fashion near the Lismore Regional Gallery to encourage passersby to walk through the garden.

 Lismore Light Gardens will be installed from 26-30 November. Both structures will remain in the Quad until February and will host community and spontaneous events throughout summer. Check our Facebook for event updates