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John Vella – Entura building

A major international public art commission


SCAPE is a major public artwork, commissioned by Entura for its five star, green rated premises at Cambridge near Hobart Airport. Created by Tasmanian artist John Vella working in collaboration with Scottish artist Stephen Hurrell in an international collaboration, SCAPE saw the artists designing the project on-line from their bases in Hobart and Glasgow.

The artwork comprises 165 highly reflective stainless steel poles. The work is around 5 metres tall, 70 metres long and articulates a vast, shimmering 3-dimensional topography. SCAPE is a distinctive landmark which engages commuters on their journey along the Tasman Highway as they travel to and from the airport.


John Vella holds a Diploma of Fine Arts with Distinction (1993) from the National Art School, Sydney, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with first class honours – 1996) from the Tasmanian School of Art and a Master of Fine Arts (200) also in from the Tasmanian Schoo of Art. His work is represented in a number of private and public collections in Australia including ArtBank, the University of NSW and The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. He has been awarded 3 major competitive commissions through the Tasmanian Goverment Art Site Scheme and has received significant, competitive grants from Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council.

Vella lectured in Painting and Drawing at the Tasmanian School of Art from 1998-2000 and was appointed to the University as the Acting Head of Sculpture in 2005, becoming the studio’s permanent head in 2008. His works have been included in 11 solo exhibitions since 1994 and over 40 group exhibitions (since 1993).

Stephen Hurrel received his postgraduate diploma in Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art in 1988 after completing his BA there. He has since exhibited nationally and internationally and has been commissioned for numerous site-specific artworks. Hurrell works with video, sound, sculpture and text to explore relationships between people and place. His work often connects with science and technology to explore and record interactions and tensions between nature and contemporary society. Aside from his gallery-based practice Hurrel produces commissioned works responding to specific geographic locations, in particular marine environments. He has recently completed a short film based around ‘naming and modes of orientation and navigation’ in relation to the island of Barra.

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John Vella – Entura building

89 Cambridge Park Drive, Cambridge Tasmania

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