Monday, 10 December 2012

Aqualung

The National Australia Bank was one of the first companies to move into the newly developed Melbourne Docklands. As a counterpoint to their boxy building with rainbow stripes, the unboxy and not at all colourful Aqualung (John Meade, 2006) was installed in the ramped breezeway.

Apparently inspired by lung-like forms, the result bears a striking resemblance to a bone. One of the key successes of the form is the way it arches up and over the top of the ramp, disappearning over the horizon. Without Aqualung, the ramp would look like the architect had stuffed up the building entry levels. With the work, the space is the perfect setting.

More details about this and other works in the vicinity can be found in the 2010 Docklands Public Art Walk brochure.