Discover the story behind the design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton at the intriguing Bright Bold Boundless display at State Library of Queensland (SLQ).
The GC2018 Queen’s Baton is made of macadamia wood, a stainless steel stringer and reclaimed plastic, and is shaped to reflect the state’s water culture (e.g. surfboards and surfcraft), technology enabled (GPS tracks the journey of Baton bearers) and embedded with the Queen’s message written on spinifex paper.
The Bright Bold Boundless display goes to the heart of the creative process featuring sketches, digital stories and an exclusive look at prototypes of the 2018 Baton design. Sift through early sketches, video diaries and interviews to unearth the inspiration behind the Baton’s unique design and technological capabilities. Learn about the creative use of natural fibres, as well as plastics rescued from Gold Coast beaches that form part of this ‘smart’ Baton’s structure.
There’s also the chance to explore images of the Baton’s journey across the Commonwealth towards the Gold Coast and enjoy rarely seen Batons from past Commonwealth Games events in Australia.
“This fascinating Queen’s Baton display showcases Queensland creativity and ingenuity, combining traditional storytelling with cutting-edge technology,” says Leeanne Enoch, Minister for the Arts.
“Drawing inspiration from our extraordinarily diverse geography and enviable lifestyle, I encourage locals and visitors to our state to explore the uniquely Queensland story behind the innovative design of the Queen’s Baton for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.”
Nice to know - Bright Bold Boundless is co-curated by SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library and the Baton’s designer, Brisbane-based Designworks.
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