Melbourne Central Announces Kisho Prize Winner

1205kishoIn October, Melbourne Central and the GPT Group announced a new initiative: The Kisho Prize, for a local designer who could rise to the challenge of creating a unique installation for display within the center. The prize is named in honor of Kisho Kurokawa, the Japanese architect responsible for designing the center.

A panel of expert judges selected five early to mid-career creatives to develop and deliver design concepts. Last month, these were completed and presented to the judges, including Melbourne Central’s General Manager, Justin Shannon, Melbourne Central Cultural Partner Lucy Feagins of The Design Files, RMIT University Head of the School of Art Professor Jeremy Diggle and respected art and design journalist Dylan Rainforth.

25-year-old sculpture and spatial practice graduate Hamish Munro has been announced as the winner of the prize. His submission is an inflatable sculpture with a shape and form that changes based on movement in the centre.

“Melbournian’s movements and choices contribute the the city’s growth and ever-changing architectural landscape,” Munro explained. “As they move in an throughout shared spaces, new areas of congregation within the city are activated.”

“These spaces can be seen as new pods or modules of life, connecting to pre-existing pathways, lanes, buildings or streets, My vision of Melbourne’s city is a constant evolution driven by the people who live in it, which is reflected in my proposed artwork.”

As the winner of the Kisho Prize, Munro was presented with a $10,000 bursary award and a production budget of $30,000.

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