Students immortalised in public art display

POSTED April 29, 2018

Sekisui House, developer of the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre, has partnered with local Ipswich schools in a unique artwork campaign to be unveiled at the official opening of stage one of the project in May 2018.

The artwork has been designed to pay tribute to the energy of youth and to become an enduring symbol of the Ripley region as it continues to come of age.

Primary and secondary schools have been given the opportunity to have life-sized silhouettes of a select number of students installed on either side of Main Street, the entrance to the new Ripley Town Centre.

The silhouettes will have engraved the student’s name, age and school, and remain in place for generations to come.

The public artwork will be produced from a photograph of students interpreting the themes of unity, happiness or play, using only their body language. With the winning images selected by an appointed review panel comprising Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard, Mayoress Karina Antoniolli, Cr Kerry Silver, Ripley Town Centre development manager Taku Hashimoto and assistant development manager Hilda Ungvari.

Ripley Town Centre development manager Taku Hashimoto said the Main Street entry to Ripley Town Centre would feature 28 silhouettes, namely seven groups of four students, representing the generations of today and those to come.

“The chosen photographs will be converted into silhouette artwork and then fabricated from solid steel to create permanent works that celebrate the evolution of the entire Ripley region and the future generations that will benefit from it,” Mr Hashimoto said.

“We feel this is a great activity to highlight the youth of Ipswich and foster a sense of unity within the local and surrounding community.

“This initiative is a stepping stone for the Ripley Town Centre, which we believe will become an important community heart for the entire Ripley region and South East Queensland for many years to come.”

Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard said the public artwork campaign was a great way to pay tribute to the future generations of Ipswich.

“It’s great to see so many schools get involved in this community initiative,” Ms Howard said.

“The public artwork will be a wonderful reflection of today’s generation and will act as a piece of history for the students, schools and entire Ipswich community for decades to come.”

Schools among the winning applicants include St Mary’s College Ipswich, The Springfield Anglican College, Deebing Heights State School, Riverview State School and Amberley District State School.

Over the coming months the artwork will be transformed via graphic design by creative printing group, ColourChiefs, followed by metal fabrication using state-of-the-art laser cutting technology.

The lasting silhouettes will be installed in May 2018.

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