22 March 2018
State Library Victoria and RMIT have announced a new partnership that gives RMIT students the opportunity to play their part in Vision 2020, the Library’s $88.1 million redevelopment.
Thirty RMIT masters and undergraduate students across architecture, art and communication design will work with RMIT academics and State Library experts to create a major artwork that will span the Library’s Swanston Street entrance.
Students will draw inspiration from the Library’s vast collection and transformational redevelopment to create the large-scale work that will be unveiled in spring later this year when the Library’s Swanston Street entrance will temporarily close. The artwork will be installed on construction hoardings while the Library’s Swanston Street entrance and ground floor is closed for construction and will be a major focal point for city visitors and commuters. During this time, visitors will enter the Library via new entrances on Russell and La Trobe Streets, due to open in spring 2018.
The new entrances will lead to redeveloped spaces including a Welcome Zone with cafe and expanded Readings bookshop, and two new reading rooms.
The Swanston Street entrance and ground floor will reopen in spring 2019 when construction is complete.
The Library will remain open throughout Vision 2020 construction.