A really enjoyable project I was involved in during 2011 was illustrating the metal panels to be part of a garden design for a Sister City project in China. The panels are a central piece to a larger garden design, and will be shipped to China where the garden should be finished during 2012. The whole garden was designed by Melissa Ellis at the Latrobe City Council and draws in many different elements that will make it a real experience.
The first time we saw the panels put together. Since these photos the panels have been rusted and will look fantastic in the garden amongst native Australian plants and a detailed mosaic path designed by a local Koorie Artist.
Each side has three panels that are back lit, with printed perspex panels inside.The printing features English and Chinese so the garden and its message can be enjoyed by everyone once setup.
The design was laser cut from 6mm thick steel, it is amazing the detail that can be achieved with the laser.
For a subtle effect keywords were etched into the perspex in English and Chinese. These are in the tree branches.
These two kangaroos will greet visitors as they enter the garden.
Come back later in the year to see photos of the completed garden with the panels!