The prominent Aboriginal artwork featured on the ceiling and outer facade of Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre has been recognised for its excellence and innovation and has won the coveted Architectural Design Urban Design and Public Spaces category in the 2020 Good Design Awards.
The Good Design Awards Jury praised Burwood Brickworks mural, commenting: “Experienced by many people every day, the Aboriginal artwork in Burwood Brickworks is well integrated into the architectural experience of the place, and will inform, educate and interest the general public about local Aboriginal culture, stories and art.”
Ros Moriarty, Managing Director of Balarinji said: “We are absolutely honoured that our design work with outstanding Wurundjeri-willam artist Mandy Nicholson for Burwood Brickworks mural has received a Good Design Award. Our client, Frasers Property, was on board from the outset to bring bold visibility to Mandy’s art and Wurundjeri culture."
"Australia needs innovative opportunities like Burwood Brickworks mural to make local Aboriginal narratives visible in our public places. We’re thrilled thousands of people will experience the installation every day, and that the project’s social value and design merit have been recognised with this prestigious award."
The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, engineering, fashion, digital and communication design, design strategy, social impact design and young designers.
More than 55 Good Design Awards Jurors evaluated each entry according to a strict set of design criteria which covers ‘good design’, ‘design innovation’ and ‘design impact’. Projects recognised with a Good Design Award must demonstrate excellence in good design and convince the Jury they are worthy of recognition at this level.