PEN PLAN | PROJECTS
Since 2008 | Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth
The Pen Plan Project has evolved over three installations in different Australian cities. Devised as an experiential display for children, each one invited participants to imagine and create a place they'd never visited. The first Pen Plan in Brisbane used lengths of raw 2 x 4 timber to replicate the city. Then children were given pen and paints to design their Brisbane of the future onto what already exists.
Pen Plan Projects was inspired by an online project called Heads Upside down, Feet on the Ground.
Pen Plan Paris took the project in another direction. First, a typical Parisian apartment was constructed out of cardboard at Artplay in Melbourne. Then 450 children were given pens and paints and asked to express what they thought life in France was like through words and art. The results were colourfully surprising and illuminating.
Next, Pen Plan China popped up at the Awesome Art Festival in Perth. This time, a traditional Chinese pavilion home was constructed and children invited to record their interpretations of what life in China might be like.
The third chapter of Pen Plan Paris was held in Brisbane, with the format evolving again to suit the local audience. In this edition, standard 4 x 2 lengths of wood were transformed into the CBD of Brisbane and left as a completely blank canvas. Children were invited to think about what the future might hold for the city - new buildings going up, old ones being replaced, new areas being developed - and create these changes onto the existing landscape.
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The Pen Plan Projects were created in collaboration with March Studio.
2016 | Melbourne
GAV is a shortlisted entrant in the 2016 National Gallery of Victoria outdoor pavilion design competition.
Celebrating the iconic rainbow, the logo design is a harmonious pairing of GAV and the NGV. Progressive thinking will unite the two structures for a predetermined period of time but will ensure a long legacy to follow.
Within the broader proposal we also proposed a film festival called GAFF, spotlighting both architectural films and societal issues such as marriage equality.
Visit marchstudio.com.au to learn more about this project.
2015 | Melbourne
Our North Melbourne office is a sprawling industrial building, so to liven up the space we designed murals for the interior, which are now affectionately known as the Office Bots. The Office Bots and surrounding murals were all expertly hand painted by our go-to signage master Martin Boyle, and they stand proudly over us as we work.
2017 | Instagram
The art is in the start.
Conceived as an Instagram project, Hooklines delivers regular micro-doses of prose by publishing the first line of our favourite books and songs. This self-initiated project scratches our literary itch, and as this project has progressed we have been astounded by the depth of meaning that can be found in the opening lines of works.
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2016 | Online
Citezmoi (translates as 'quote me') is a project developed by Persona Tres Grata, a French not-for-profit organisation dedicated to giving those living with a disability a powerful voice. The purpose of this project is to project the thoughts, ideas and questions of those living with a disability, and in doing so remove any perceived differences in the way people live.
This powerful project is successful because the thoughts are expressed without any knowledge of who the person is saying them. Each quote is universal in its own way, and therefore the conclusion is that those living with disabilities are just like everyone else.
Viewers are invited to participate with their own quotes and comments, adding another layer of inclusion to the project.
Persona Tres Grata
L'Arche International | larche.org
Ateliers du 94
Whilst completing the branding development and identity for the three Hellenic Republic venues across Melbourne we realised we had a new deck of graphic cards to play with. The first expression of fun with these characters was across the Hellenic Republic delivery van, which can still be spotted around town. Next, we created a memory game to keep the kids happy while the grown-ups enjoyed themselves.
SHELTER : ON KINDNESS
2009 | Melbourne
The book On Kindness by Adam Phillips inspired this 2009 RMIT exhibition, which invited architects, writers, artists and thinkers to respond to the question of what is required to provide us with shelter. Is it a physical structure? Or is it a state of mind? The exhibition explored the question of shelter from many angles.
We designed the accompanying catalogue, which articulated the exhibition's purpose and content, and was in itself a statement on shelter. Featuring an inside-out design, with the book's hard cover inverted into the middle and the softer inner pages forming the 'cover', it plays with the notion of a book as another kind of shelter.
This project included strategy, creative direction and graphic design.