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Hugh Nagle and Chris Shurman – Scottsdale LINC

Seating and screening - public art in Scottsdale


This public artwork located at the Scottsdale LINC (Learning and Information Network Centre) has two components – exterior seating for 12 people with a surrounding tactile indicator pattern and a double layer screen with tree motif and moiré effect.

The screens are made from perforated anodized aluminum and are designed to passively buffer the LINC from road noise, correlate residents experience of the locality into a visual medium and visually contextualize LINC with its broader environment. It also offers visual layering to mediate the scale of LINC’s street façade.

This work is part of the Tasmanian government’s public art collection commissioned through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.


Hugh Nagle and Chris Shurman are young, enthusiastic and experienced Tasmanian Designers with degrees in both architecture and furniture design. Both have experience working in architecture offices, on construction sites and exhibiting furniture. A holistic approach to material qualities, sustainability, digital design and manufacture and community engagement underpin the pairs’ design philosophy

Hugh works across scales from object to the built environment through an investigative process. Material manipulation through the application of contemporary technologies has resulted in expressive works that are environmentally responsible and centered on local manufacture. Hugh has exhibited furniture, lighting and home wares nationally and has acquired commissions for large-scale public installation.

Chris develeoped an interest in detail design and making during his architectural training which led him to pursue a further degree in furniture design. His architectural influence can be seen in both his approach to design, material selection and rigour for performance based principles. The influence of Tasmania and the natural environment can be seen in his passion for responsible design. Chris has many built works that vary in size from the hand held to medium scale architectural projects. Some of these projects have been exhibited in Victoria and Tasmania.

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Hugh Nagle and Chris Shurman – Scottsdale LINC

51 King Street, Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia

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