Bundoora Pedestrian Spine
A major landscaping project at RMIT University’s Bundoora campus is offering students, staff and the wider community a vibrant artistic journey, with sculptures and sound art bringing the pedestrian walkway to life.
The $7 million Bundoora Spine project has created a lively meandering pathway connecting Plenty Road to buildings in Bundoora campus west.
The project will be officially launched by RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, on Monday, 24 March (3pm-4pm).
Public art featured along the walkway include a bronze, 3 metre Chimpanzee Finger by artist and RMIT alumnus Lisa Roet and a 2.7 metre bronze work, I’ll be Your Sunshine (Invisible), by artist and RMIT lecturer Robert Bridgewater.
Pieces from the RMIT Sound Art Collection – the only one of its kind in Australia – can be heard along the path, with hidden speakers playing multi-channel spatial sound and radiophonic works from international and local artists.
Landscape features include the introduction of wetlands to help purify and maintain water quality in the campus lake, a boardwalk bridge made from recycled ironbark timber, an avenue of newly-planted eucalyptus trees, as well as conversational and rest areas designed to form a relaxing and inviting approach to the campus.
Professor Gardner said the project was part of RMIT’s $700 million renewal and capital works program across its Melbourne and Vietnam campuses.
“As a global university of technology and design, RMIT is renowned for its world- leading programs in art, architecture and landscape architecture,” she said.
“So it is fitting that this major project – which brings together art, design, technology and landscape architecture – is now an integral part of our Bundoora campus.
“The Bundoora Spine is more than pleasing to the eye – it is a distinctive statement in technology and design that is RMIT Bundoora’s own.”