Published: 31 August 2014
Every year, Aspects is spoilt with a little face lift and this year is no exception, with our spectacular window installation looking better than ever. All thanks to the clever husband and wife team from local North Perth design house Future Shelter, who are back once more with a beautiful ‘undergrowth’ window installation spanning across Aspects’ huge glass walls. This making it the fifth year Future Shelter has again brightened up our gallery for the warmer months ahead.
According to the Future Shelter team, this year has been a challenge as well as a highly rewarding experience in terms of the design and the technicality of the installation process. The installation requires two days to complete, with a two person team. The vinyl sheets are printed at 60cm in width with machine cuts of the design prepared in a series of sheets per window. There is then a huge amount of ‘weeding’ that takes place, with negative space being removed to reveal every tiny detail. You can just imagine the hours and hours of painstaking work being undertaken to complete a work of such an impressive scale.
The vinyl has been carefully selected in a colour palette to compliment the organic understorey design. This year sees beautiful layering of colours such as metallic copper, gold glitter, tones of grey, magenta, purple and even a specially designed watercolour effect never used before. The vinyl imagery in varied levels of transparency have been artfully layered and set against a striking black silhouette to create a sketched story alive with texture.
Jane King, the artistic hand behind the window design, revels in drawing all things technical. Spoilt for choice, Jane had a hard time selecting from over 215 fungi species found here at Kings Park for her illustrations. There are more than 20 of these species featured in the final design along with native birds, reptiles and insects. This year's festival theme the 'Magic of Nature' has allowed the Future Shelter team creative licence to incorporate a little magic of their own. A glow-in-the-dark surprise printed on specially sourced vinyl can only be discovered after dark, so perhaps a twilight visit to the park is in order to discover all the magic yourself.