Curtin University School of Design and the Built Environment

Curtin University is currently undergoing significant expansion to become a vibrant, mixed use hub that shifts away from the typical university campus paradigm. The new School of Design and the Built Environment (B418) is part of this planned change. The B418 Artwork will become an integral part of the new School of Design and the Built Environment building, characterising the essence of the place and the pedagogy of the building.

Artist Janet Laurence’s work presents of the matter of nature in various forms. Western Australia is the great zone of geology: a vast range of rocks, minerals, gemstones, and crystals that form the earth through processes and formations throughout eons of time. Within the architectural materiality of the building, where all materials conform to their function, Janet’s artwork speaks as pure matter – to present the WA landscape as matter of the earth.

CLIFF brings you the earth, not as a representation, but as a presentation of earth itself, in the form of hanging stones, each with it’s geological story – of time, weather, movement and formation.

If the building is a wunderkammer (a cabinet of curiosity), these hanging stones can be seen as exhibits, like presentations within a natural history museum, creating also 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. The sculptural wooden staircase in the centre creates viewing points to focus closely on the variation of the stones, each a beautiful object.


  • Community Reference Group Consultation
  • METRONET Noongar Reference Group Consultation
  • Local Noongar Reference Group Consultation
  • Public Art Plan


  • Collaborative design and place planning.
  • Consultation with and endorsement by the Noongar Reference Groups and Community Reference Group.
  • A report
  • Consultation with and endorsement by the Noongar Reference Groups and Community Reference Group.

Project Details



  • Curtin Bentley Campus, Western Australia


  • 2019 - 2022
  • Curtin University engaged Apparatus to undertake three significant public art projects for Curtin’s new School of Design and the Built Environment and Exchange live-in learning precinct.

    Helen is an excellent curator and project manager. The work of Apparatus is impeccable. The staff are mature and experienced, and they work incredibly hard to meet clients’ needs and those of the artist.

    In all of the Curtin projects Apparatus ensured the quality and merit of the artwork remained a high priority. We would be delighted to work with Apparatus again.

  • Chris Malcolm
  • Director
  • One of the many highlights in our work on Curtin University’s School of Design and the Built Environment, was the opportunity to collaborate with Apparatus and the artists to realise the magnificent site-specific artworks.

    Apparatus provided assured guidance and fostered meaningful discussions to facilitate both the logistics and the artist’s creative input.

    Importantly, Apparatus was a strong advocate of the creative process. The artist, architecture and Curtin University’s vision and integrity were consistently front and centre.

  • Kah-Fai Lee
  • Principal

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Subi East Noongar Six Seasons Markers

One The Esplanade Statement Artwork

One the Esplanade Activation Artwork

East Fremantle Public Art Strategy

Canning War Memorial Activation Artwork

Perth City Link Lots 2 and 3A Public Art

Risely Street Roundabout Public Artwork

Liv Apartments Artwork

North Perth Robotopia

Midland Oval

Stirling Arts Events and Activation Strategy

Riverside Public Art Strategy

Byford Rail Extension Public Artworks

Esperance Civic Centre

Esperance Civic Centre Artworks

Cottesloe Foreshore Renewal Public Art

Esperance Indoor Sports Stadium Mural

Weld Square

Canning War Memorial

AGWA Public Artwork Commission

Midland Child Advocacy Centre Public Artworks

Exchange Precinct Artworks

Koombana Bay Foreshore Public Art

Melville City Centre

Byford Rail Extension Public Art and Interpretive Plan

Newman Recreation Centre Mural

Azzura Square

Goolugatup Heathcote Public Art Plan

Subi East Public Art Strategy and Planning

Belmont Park Public Art

Ocean Reef Marina Public Art and Interpretation Plan

Esperance Lost at Sea Memorial

Melville Artwork Coordination 2016

Melville Artwork Coordination 2018

Winin Katidjin Bilya Artworks

Eglinton Station Artworks RFP

Yanchep Station ACP

Alkimos Station

Lakelands Station Artworks

Wadjemup / Rottnest West End Redevelopment Artworks

Bina Parkland Community Artworks


Wilcock Street

East Fremantle Town Hall Acquisitions

PPAF Strategic Planning

Bayswater Station Turnback Place Making Plan

New Midland Station

East Pilbara Public Art Policy


Salvado Road Public Art

Covalent Lithium Public Art Plan

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