The Mater Hospital commissioned this major artwork to commemorate the founding of the hospital by the Sisters of Mercy, and their continued involvement over the last century.
The sculpture was designed by Madeleine Brown and constructed by UAP. Drawing from the Sisters’ archival research, the names of every nun involved in the hospital in its 100-year history is handwritten in copperplate, and memorialised in one continuous scroll of laser-cut heavy weight aluminium sheet. The form of the sculpture invites exploration and touch, which is supported by the sculpture’s title, “Embrace”. The sculpture’s title, ‘Embrace’, mirrors its form which invites in the viewer and encourages exploration and touch.
A memorial artwork nestled in the gardens of the Queensland Children’s Hospital. The living artwork features a hive of stingless native bees, built by master craftsman Roy Schack, accompanied by a typographic mural written by Tony Smith and designed by myself. The hive represents the hospital in microcosm. The hive’s community life is dedicated to raising its young, and all members of the colony work as a team to this end.
The Gallery and Museums Achievement Awards are an annual Queensland event, celebrating involvement in the cultural sector of both major state institutions, and small volunteer-run enterprises. Brisbane identity Brian Tucker sponsors the commission of an artist-designed trophy each year.
Poet David Stavanger was commissioned to write a poem inspired by the conservation of art and artifacts. Madeleine designed the handwritten typography which was laser-cut in stainless steel and formed into a whirlwind of words, trapped in its glass cloche.
PICU Terrace Giving Tree
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Queensland Children's Hospital has recently been upgraded to be a more welcoming space for its families and patients. The Giving Tree is a way to acknowledge donors to the space as well as celebrate the work the PICU does. Handpainted typography has been digitally reverse printed onto acrylic with gold foil backing, resulting in a sculptural piece over 3 metres tall that glows in the sun.