Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre
Location: Main Road, Toolangi
Exhibition Design: Rosemary Simons
Client: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Brief: To educate the public on forests and their
management as a natural resource.
Notes: To avoid competing with the real forest outside,
or the architecture, a walk-through, stylised forest was constructed
from local timber to fit within the strongly geometric lines
and cathedral like volume of the building.
commences with a forest ‘clearing’ backed by theatrical
gauze and cloth borders representing the forest canopy.
Mounted on the wall as you leave the ‘clearing’ is a laser cut
mural showing a section through a mountain and its forest types.
In the final
area, harvesting of forest timbers is presented within a forest
coupe. This coupe is represented by a screen of stylised trees
in various stages of regrowth, at the centre of which is a ‘stag’,
(a giant hollow tree), dotted with a variety of animals likely
to find a haven there.
Comments: “The finely finished trees of the exhibitory
are knitted into the similarly expressed heavy braced building
structure reinforcing the message of both building and contents.” (Peter
Design Assistant: Clinton Greenwood
Architect: Peter Pass
Curator: Nina Stanton
Copywriter: Mary Clarke
Project Manager: John Cunningham
Graphic Designer: Nuttshell Graphics
Scenic Artists: Scenic Studios
Lighting Designer: Rodney Currie
Photography: Steven Wilkinson
Animal Sculptor: Henry Smith
Draftsperson/Model Maker: Clinton Greenwood