Each panel that makes up her 4 metre high ‘Public Art’ piece was individually screen-printed by hand. Kate worked with a team of three assistants, a process which was natural, fluid and, as she says, ‘surprisingly rhythmic. It felt quite synchronised with everyone working together.’
One aspect that surprised her about completing such a large project was the collaborative nature of it and how willing people were to assist her throughout the nine month project. As Kate said, ‘I've been surprised with how helpful people have been. I just ask them, 'can you help me? I haven't done this before' and they help me!’
The physical size and scale of the project was out of her comfort zone. ‘Doing something this scale made me realise how much bigger it was than anything I'd done before,’ she said.=
Vincent Buret, meanwhile, is a Sydney-based designer who predominantly works in the realm of furniture design. His work is sleek and minimalist, with a repeated use of copper and experiments with light.
Vincent's piece for Broadway Sydney combines elements of his previous work. ‘I applied what I do as a furniture designer to this arts project,’ he said. ‘I used what I know for designing for one person and I've applied it to designing for the public.’
Vincent frequently uses strong geometric shapes and forms within his work and the triangles within this piece were inspired by another piece he had been working on previously.
The copper and Tasmanian oak used within his panel were combined for their being, respectively, reflective and non-reflective. ‘I hope the two will play with the lights in the space,’ he said.
Working frequently across lighting and furniture design, as well as sculptural pieces, participating in the Broadway Sydney ‘Public Art’ project has been good for his art practice, he commented. It encouraged him to experiment and mix different elements of his furniture into a cohesive piece. As he said, ‘I’ve tried to mix all of my furniture into one.’