The Victorian Department of Transport enlisted the help of Lump Studio to design an artwork for the Cardinia Road Railway Station in outer Melbourne to create a sense of place and ownership for the local community, and to reduce vandalism.
To develop the design, Lump Studio held workshops with local schools, senior citizens groups, historical groups, a local indigenous horticulturalist and the developers, Delfin. The driving theme, “where we live and grow,” came out of these community workshops.
The artwork is twelve metres long and 2.4 metres high, and made up of fifteen individual panels attached to the wall of the underpass just above the handrail. The light feature panels are one of Lump Studio’s signature creations. For this particular project, the panels were custom sized and designed to display imagery as outlined in the design brief. They are constructed from lightweight aluminium and finished in a durable weatherproof powdercoated finish.
The panels graphically explore the local landscape and topography together with places of significance and local flora and fauna. The map of the local topography is a subtle, underlying illuminated feature while the pelican, pied cormorant and the grass frog are delicately engraved into the design along with a map of the local area that is easily recognizable to the community. The low-voltage LED lighting very subtly lights up the topography design and will give over fifty thousand hours of light, while the engravings stand out as a design feature on their own.
Lump is an internationally acclaimed Melbourne-based design studio, headed by Chris Vassallo and Timothea Jewell, specializing in contemporary outdoor sculpture for private, commercial and public projects. The studio’s work includes lighting, screens, 3D feature panels, fencing, cladding, water features and a wide range of sculptures.