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1 November 2012

The Mirador, created by alumna Ivana Kuzmonovska and current PhD student Rachel Couper.
The Mirador, created by alumna Ivana Kuzmonovska and current PhD student Rachel Couper.

Two works by students, staff and graduates from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning have been showcased in this year's Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition.

Faculty alumna Ivana Kuzmonovska and current PhD student Rachel Couper joined forces to create the work Mirador stands, which takes a commanding position in an old lookout tower.

The artistically stunning and technically masterful Mirador is a 3.5 metre high dome lined internally with mirrors. The shifting reflections created by the mirrors represent places that cannot be visited. The work asks us to consider the nature of looking and reflection, man and nature.

"Our design focused on the reflective surfaces. We wanted to repeat and multiply impossible places - the other side of the mirror, for instance. The combination of this effect and the sweeping horizon is a beautiful juxtaposition of man and nature," Kuzmanovska said.

Mirador was fabricated by the faculty's Architectural and Technical Services Centre. ATSC Director and Head of Digital Fabrication, Marjo Niemelä, says works using numerous individual elements such as this one can feasibly only be produced using digital fabrication processes.

"The sheer amount of cutting required to make each piece so exact would have taken aeons by traditional means. We are able to use laser cutters to automate much of that process. In part, students now have more adventurous designs because they know we have the ability to make them. That's a powerful combination," Niemelä said.'

The design of Mirador was previously developed in close collaboration with tutor Alexander Jung and structural engineer Harry Partridge, along with a series of performative spaces that Dr Dagmar Reinhardt researched with a team of professionals and students in the Master of Digital Architecture Studio 2011 for the Sydney Festival.

A sculpture by Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning staff member Kate Dunn is also featured in the Sculpture by the Sea. Her work, called regenerate, is a series of playful sculptures reminiscent of seed pods.

The faculty is proud to continue its involvement with Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi this year. The exhibition continues until 4 November.


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