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Simon Corbell as ACT Minister for the Environment with Engineers Australia announced the winner of the Freefall Experience Design Ideas Competition on a particularly bleak Canberra morning at the National Arboretum with Bligh Tanner’s cochlear inspired winning entry encapsulating all the design and structural demands of a ‘sensual experience’ in their exceptional design. From above the design ends in a cochlear shape, at ground level an aesthetically pleasing blending into the landscape and the use of stainless steel and rock has an interactive system sensing its surrounds. This will no doubt provide the 'sensual' in the Engineers Australia Freefall Pin Oak Forest; which is imaginative and exciting as a concept. A long way from just hugging a tree, sniffing the aromas, listening to the rustle of the leaves or marveling at the colours that is about as sensory as my imagination goes.
This is the world of the new and judging by the youthful entrants with their intriguing designs and the myriad of possibilities the arboretum should have a design bank of possible sculptures for years to come. I loved that the boys from LUMEN had LED’s hidden in their large metal leaves only accessible with a mobile phone and that a dinosaur egg was the inspiration for the Selina Qiu and Vesna Spasovski concept called Egg Sanctum.
But the two extra Commendations showed the judging jury couldn’t quite let these entries avoid recognition with the young team from ARUP, another Queensland firm, creating a layered mesh canopy just like a Pin Oak leaf for a sheltered space among the trees and Woolacotts Consulting Engineers of NSW a hydraulic platform of glass with a Disneyesque fun for all Kinetic Canopy Lookout.
Now of course the search for a benefactor, or several, will be instigated and hopefully this giant cochlear will spiral under the Freefall Pin Oaks before too long. In the meantime the 10 jury selected designs are on display at the Village Centre until the end of August when the sticks that are the forests will be sucking up some energy to sprout again, and we will be better able to imagine this design in situ.