Case Studies
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The Holy See
The Artist and the Patron
Mutiny on the Bounty
Southampton Dock-FS88
Living Together-FS88
Te Papa Tongarewa
Brambuk Cultural Centre
Bowali Visitor Centre
Warradjan Cultural Centre
Toolangi Forest Centre
A Show of Puppets
Capex ‘96
John Curtin
Colonial Alphabet
Little Horrors
Best Design
Polish Posters
Australia 99 Stamp Expo
Blessed Be The Work
Romance of Judaica
Department of NRE
Dorrigo National Park
Rutherglen Wine Centre

Title: Pavilion of the Holy See (Vatican Collection)
Location: Expo 88 Brisbane
Exhibition Design: Desmond Freeman Associates
Project Design: Rosemary Simons
Client: John Truscott

Design Notes: Leaving a large ’nave’ relatively free of exhibits gave form to the installation, provided changing vistas and made reference to the criss cross pathways of traditional basilicas.

Review: “....of the other pavilions which I saw, the most impressive was, perhaps surprisingly, the Pavilion of the Holy See... Alone it would be a reason to visit Expo.” (Paddy Mc Guiness. Sun Herald 15/5/88).

Comments: “I thought the ‘Treasures from the Vatican’ exhibition at Brisbane was magnificent. It was an extremely difficult design brief with formidable conservation and security problems to be overcome. Rosemary took all these problems in her stride, and the completed design was spectacular, with a series of dramatic spaces and all attention focussed on the rich exhibits. It was I believe, the most popular and most widely admired pavilion at Expo and rightly so......” (Dr David Cordingly MA D. Phil. FRASA Head of Exhibitions, National Maritime Museum Greenwich London.1990).

Note: (Desmond Freeman, previously with DFA and now Freeman Design Partners)
Project Manager: Rathe Campbell
Fabricator: Rathe Campbell
Graphic Designer: Barrie Tucker
Project Graphic Designer: Mark Janetski
Photographer: John Skarratt

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