Case Studies
Stage Sets/Costumes


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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: Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre
Location: Main Road, Toolangi
Exhibition Design: Rosemary Simons
Client: Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Design Brief: To educate the public on forests and their management as a natural resource.

Design 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.

The exhibition 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.

Architect’s 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 Pass, Architect).

Design Assistant: Clinton Greenwood
Architect: Peter Pass
Curator: Nina Stanton
Copywriter: Mary Clarke
Project Manager: John Cunningham
Fabricator: Stewards
Graphic Designer: Nuttshell Graphics
Scenic Artists: Scenic Studios
Lighting Designer: Rodney Currie
Photography: Steven Wilkinson
Animal Sculptor: Henry Smith
Draftsperson/Model Maker: Clinton Greenwood

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