Griffith students bring art to industry

Design students have brought a splash of colour to Queensland’s largest business park, creating an eye-catching mural as part of Griffith’s new partnership with BTP Workspaces, the largest single property owner at Brisbane Technology Park.

The project involved graphic design students undertaking placements at Liveworm, the Queensland College of Art‘s unique in-house design studio. They created a stunning large-scale mural for an end-of-trip facility, drawing inspiration from local flora and fauna and electrical circuitry.

Brisbane Technology Park is the largest business park in Queensland, located 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD in Eight Mile Plains. The precinct is home to a range of businesses that export medical, technology and engineering innovations to the world.

Griffith University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement), Professor Martin Betts, said the three-year partnership with BTP Workspaces would provide a range of work integrated learning placements and pathways to employment.

“Our partnership with Brisbane Technology Park will providegreat practical outcomes for students across a range of disciplines, including science, engineering and the arts.”

Bachelor of Design student Jenny Fox created the winning design. The graphic design major said it was her largest and most ambitious project to date.

“It’s definitely the biggest thing I’ve ever done and it was so much fun working on this scale,” she said.

“Liveworm has given me the opportunity to collaborate on amazing projects, and I’ve had the chance to explore and expand my practice.”

The project was supervised by Liveworm Creative Director David Sargent and Fine Art lecturer Dr Simon Degroot, who managed the project from design through to installation.

Dr Degroot said the design students embraced the challenge of creating a large-scale public artwork.

“The students come from a graphic design background, but they all embraced this project and rose to the challenge of working on a large-scale work with brushes and paint,” he said.

“This project allowed them to expand their knowledge and skills.

“It’s definitely the largest project they have been part of, and they all jumped on board and worked well as a team.”

Dr Degroot said the artwork provided a unique identity for the precinct.

“This artwork helps individualise the building and creates character and a sense of destination,” he said.

“There are more than 10,000 people who work at BTP and it’s a hive of activity, so this a great showcase for our student work.”