Cliff has become an integral part of the new School of Design and the Built Environment building at Curtin University’s Bentley Campus, characterising the essence of the place and the pedagogy of the building.

Cliff is an installation of stones that are in fact the earth itself.

Western Australia is the great zone of geology, a vast range of rocks minerals and gemstones and crystals that form the earth through processes and formations throughout eons of time. Cliff brings you the earth not as a representation but as presentation of earth itself, in the form of stones each with its geological story – of time, weather, movement and formation.

If the building is a wunderkammer / a cabinet of curiosity, these stones can be seen as exhibits, presentations within a natural history museum. Creating a mapping of landscape, offering a non-didactic educative experience,  a surprising and fresh way to see these rocks removed from their normal systems of storage or exhibition mode. Every rock has been donated from historic rock-hunter collections, brought from a private space into a public space for us all to enjoy.

Created in collaboration with Event Engineering, Apparatus, and John Wardle Architects



  • 2022


  • Western Australia geological rocks, brushed stainless steel
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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.