Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Circulation: Trades Hall Loading Dock

(c)2012 Naomi Nicholls, Circulation, Installation view
White vinyl

 (c)2012 Naomi Nicholls, Circulation, Installation view
White vinyl

(c)2012 Naomi Nicholls, Circulation, Installation view
White vinyl


(c)2012 Naomi Nicholls, Circulation, Installation view
White vinyl

(c)2012 Naomi Nicholls, Circulation, Installation view
White vinyl

(c)2012 Naomi Nicholls, Circulation, Installation view
White vinyl

(c)2012 Naomi Nicholls, Circulation, Installation view
White vinyl

Have you ever been to Trades Hall in Melbourne?  Quite an amazing building with an fascinating history.  Have you even been to the loading dock at Trades Hall?  I have.  Today actually. 

There are a lot of beautiful rooms throughout the building, but the one that jumped at me was the most drab - the loading dock.  So this is where I started planning this project a few weeks ago; with a site assessment, preliminary sketches and by sourcing materials.  The most exciting of these was getting my hands on some vinyl.  I took myself off the the sign writing supplier.  Bless their hearts - they helped me out.  I was able to get everything I needed cheaply and they cut the rolls to size too!  That made installation a delight.


Installation took about three hours straight, rolling around on an office chair leaning right over to the ground in front of me.  After a light sweep and a bit of measuring, I could lay the vinyl.  It has adhered beautifully to the concrete, as the concrete is quite smooth.  However, some parts were rough and dirty, so that may not last too long there.  I had my trusty vinyl applicator, which helps apply even pressure and avoid bubbles.  The classed as 'three year' vinyl, so I think it will hold it's spot for the three weeks it needs to stay in place.

I love the way the glossy vinyl seems to sit above the matte surface of the concrete.  The gloss also picks up some great reflections of light, which play spatially.  Love that.  The work refers to the loading dock’s space of transit and storage, with each white line acting as a kind of trail in and out of the space and references the circulatory system of the building.  It also references circuit boards, mapping and crowd directional lines.

My love of sign writing vinyl continues...

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