We were engaged to support Children’s Health Queensland to commission a mural for their new adolescent extended treatment centre, Jacaranda Place. The purpose of the facility, to support adolescent occupants, suggested an exciting opportunity to engage with Brisbane’s emerging artists. The opportunity was then specifically shaped to commission a young artist, with Sam Wilkinson (known as Leans) being engaged to design and implement the work on site.
Leans’ work is influenced by his daily intake of the Internet, urban environments, as well as the passing of time and for the commission, he responded to the curatorial theme of ‘Imagining bright future possibilities’ and the resulting work contributes to the safe and supportive environment of Jacaranda Place.
“through the use of contemporary colours and shapes, the focus is on the younger generation, and in doing so, the viewer will experience a deeper connection to the space and feel as if it was created for them as individuals. This will evoke a positive reaction and transform the space from what otherwise could have seemed like an intimidating area. Abstract shapes, natural patterns and interlocking pathways unite to provide the viewer with a burst of colour. This bursting notion is heightened by the organic and kinetic appearance of the shapes.”