16 October 2018
Larger-than-life unicorns, futuristic creatures and vibrant flowers bring to life State Library Victoria’s facade with the unveiling of an artwork spanning 27 metres by RMIT student Caro Pattle.
The textile design student was “blown away” that her bold, other-worldly design, created as part of a Library and RMIT University joint initiative, was chosen to be the face of one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings during its $88.1 million Vision 2020 redevelopment.
A multidisciplinary class of 22 RMIT masters and undergraduate students across architecture, communication design and fashion design were invited to create original works that reflected the Library’s transformation, and drew inspiration from its history and collections.
A panel of judges from the Library, RMIT and Creative Victoria selected three works by Ms Pattle, Vivian Lim and Nikita Castellano to be installed on construction hoarding, each for around four months, while the Swanston Street entrance and ground floor close temporarily before reopening in spring 2019.
Ms Pattle’s work Transformations, is a collage of 15th to 19th-century images of flora and fauna from the Library’s collection, featuring imagined creatures: possums with three tails, all-seeing birds, and flowers with QR-coded petals.
The Library’s Russell Street entrance and new accessible entrance on La Trobe Street are the main entry points for visitors until spring 2019 when the Swanston Street entrance will reopen.