• Rachel Smith and Sara Ross

    Rachel Smith and Sara Ross

  • Helen Leayr, Vesna Strika, Virginia Haussegger, Annabelle Pegrum and Neil Greet

    Helen Leayr, Vesna Strika, Virginia Haussegger, Annabelle Pegrum and Neil Greet

  • Virginia Haussegger

    Virginia Haussegger

  • Neil Greet, Helen Leayr and Virginia Haussegger

    Neil Greet, Helen Leayr and Virginia Haussegger

  • Andrew McClarty and Ian Noble

    Andrew McClarty and Ian Noble

  • Casey Hamilton

    Casey Hamilton

  • Innovative, achieveable and buildable; Freefall Design for the Arboretum

    Innovative, achieveable and buildable; Freefall Design for the Arboretum

  • Keith Baker and Bev Growden

    Keith Baker and Bev Growden

  • Lara Chatto and Su Hodge

    Lara Chatto and Su Hodge

  • Alan Thompson, Roger Pegrum and Ross Barrett

    Alan Thompson, Roger Pegrum and Ross Barrett

  • Ann Baylis, Stephen Alegria and Rachel Smith

    Ann Baylis, Stephen Alegria and Rachel Smith

  • Bea Brickhill and Alan Thompson

    Bea Brickhill and Alan Thompson

  • Agnieszka Liso and Elisabeth Judd with the model of the winning Freefall design

    Agnieszka Liso and Elisabeth Judd with the model of the winning Freefall design

  • Iona Walsh, Vesna Strika, Agnieszka Liso and Elisabeth Judd

    Iona Walsh, Vesna Strika, Agnieszka Liso and Elisabeth Judd

  • Stephen Alegria and Robert Care

    Stephen Alegria and Robert Care

  • Vesna Strika and Ellen Schwab

    Vesna Strika and Ellen Schwab

  • Helen Leayr and Ross Barrett

    Helen Leayr and Ross Barrett

  • Bea Brickhill, Helen Leayr and Vesna Strika

    Bea Brickhill, Helen Leayr and Vesna Strika

Freefall Exhibition @ GAD

24 February 2015

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.