RMIT students and alumni are set to become part of architectural history, with their photographic art decorating the façade and the interior of a boutique apartment complex.
Students from the Bachelor of Arts (Photography) program have had their work selected to adorn the interior walls of a new state-of-the-art building in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Abbotsford.
The four-storey building is a collaborative project between developers Domain Hill Property Group, architects Kavellaris Urban Design, artist and RMIT alumnus Samantha Everton and RMIT photography lecturers Alex Syndikas and Gordon Pickard.
The construction’s avant-garde façade features Ms Everton’s image of two young girls in a green-lit room, titled Masquerade, representing the complex’s name, 2 Girls Building.
The contemporary building design combines architecture with photography from local artists to create a distinctive business and residential boutique apartment building.
More than 34 images from second and third year photography students were chosen to embellish the interior walls of the urban apartment space.
Prue Stent, a 2014 photography graduate, said she was flattered to have seven eclectic images selected for the building.
“The 2 Girls Building project highlights the impact that visual art can make on the built environment; collaboration between artists and architects is the way of the future,” she said.
Mr Syndikas said the selections were a testament to the array of unique concepts emanating from the RMIT community.
“All images will form part of an incredible gallery of original creative artworks that will adorn this most talked about development,” Mr Syndikas said.
Students submitted work on the theme Be Enchanted, with the selected images enlarged and framed to mural size prints for the building’s permanent foyer collection.
Recent photography graduate Julia Nance had her image, Swan, selected as the overall winning image for the building foyer, as well as several other images for display across the site.
Ms Nance said the work was inspired by her grandfather likening her to a swan: “Cool, calm and collected on the surface, but paddling like hell underneath.”
“It was a big confidence booster during a time when I was starting to doubt my work; it was really nice to have this achievement reinspire me,” she said.
“The support from lecturer Alex Syndikas and building developer Peter Cahill has been incredibly motivating; it’s given me the courage to continue making the sort of illustrative portraits that I love to create.”
2 Girls Building is set to launch this month in Lithgow Street, Abbotsford.