Doodling away for Imagine50
There are dozens of events to mark the 50th Anniversary taking place over the next year and a quarter (celebrations don’t wind down until December 2016). However one of the most exciting projects will leave its mark on campus a lot longer than that.
Led by our Design department, Imagine50 invites students and staff past and present to submit ideas for a new permanent installation on campus. The brief is entirely flexible, so you could submit an idea for a traditional sculpture, a digital installation or something completely different. The main criteria is that it’s fresh, original and clearly represents Brunel. Other than that the only limit is your imagination (though if you propose a 200 meter high statue made out of solid gold then cost implications will probably come into play as well).
You don’t have to be a great artist to take part – you can use images from the intranet, rough sketches or existing photos to get your ideas across – To help draw out inspiration amongst current staff and students we’ve been running a series of Doodle Cafes (Inspired by those run by our Made in Brunel students). Here you can pick up a template and draw your design, or practice on the tablecloths. So far we’ve had a varied range of ideas including:
- A sculpture based on the Mute Swan from Brunel’s coat of arms, but reimagined as a mechanical creature made of gears and cog wheels
- A campus maze with a central viewing platform featuring hidden items that reflect Brunel’s 50 years
- A series of 5 statues that represent 5 famous people from Brunel’s past, one from each decade, with an empty plinth to let people act as the sixth sculpture
These are just a few of the idea ideas, but we’re always looking for more. Our judges will be selecting up to ten designs to take forward to the next stage: Everyone selected will have the chance to work with members of the design team to turn their ideas into a fully realised poster plan.
If you want to make you want to make your mark you don’t have long though. The deadline for submissions is Friday 23 October. The winning design will be built over the next 6 months, and ultimately unveiled during our Charter Day celebrations on 6 July.