The GAD (Gallery of Australian Design ) has upped stumps and moved to a more commercial precinct in Kingston which should bring a steady stream of lookers, the inquisitive and supporters who would follow this unique concept wherever it set up shop.
And to make use of the space for a display of design entries in the Engineers Australia Freefall Experience Design Ideas Competition results in an exhibition of exceptional design, ingenuity and brilliant concepts for what was a competition to celebrate the role of engineers and their contribution to the building of Australia to be built in the growing Pin Oak forest at the National Arboretum
The winning entry is a worthy one encompassing all the criteria of this competition and while the prize has been awarded the next phase of this project is to find the money to build the winning entry to be opened in the Freefall Pin Oak forest to celebrate the centenary of Engineers Australia in 2019. It is a prime position with a view to the lake and beyond, a magnificent vista for sunrises and a gentle slope that the winning design has used to advantage for the transparent flowing sculpture that uses stainless steel and rock on its way through the trees terminating in a spiral reminding of a shell and the cochlear implant, one of the most brilliant and beneficial engineering innovations.
Virginia Haussegger was on the judging panel for the design award and opened the official exhibition display of the finalists at the GAD with her usual charm and insider stories of the time spent sitting in the Arboretum imagining and conceptualizing. As the daughter of an engineer the difference for her and her dad on the concept of what is beautiful was a personal aside and a reminder to us all of how important good design is to us and our environment, how beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder, deprivation of it is anathema to us all. The Freefall winning design is a beauty and beautiful. The exhibition continues at the GAD at 47 Jardine Street Kingston.