Winner 2019 / Exhibition design / Other

The Billabong

  • Prize
    Winner in Other / Exhibition design
  • Company
    Arterial Design Pty Ltd
  • Designer
    Jan Nowell
  • Design Team
    Nick Lawson, Luke Bicevskis, Dean Stevenson
  • Credits
    Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones

The Billabong is an immersive storytelling space made up of an unfurling ribbon form that unravels as a curtain of translucent rods at the centre of a major exhibition space. Gentle ambient music and twinkling blue projections create a poetic evocation of The Billabong, a beguiling object/space for dreamlike projections and reflections. The material held within the rods allow the images to penetrate the surface appearing in full resolution on both sides. The interior ceiling and floor are highly reflective surfaces. This immersive experience tells the stories of land and environmental phenomena.