Pride of Place in Government House Gardens
In 2020 Darwin High School Stage 2 Integrated Learning - Innovation and 3D Printing Class were commissioned by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O'Halloran, Administrator of the Northern Territory to create some garden panels for Government House.
In 2019 when the STEAM building opened, Her Honour took a tour of the facility and was inspired by some of the student work on display in the Fab Lab. From here the project took shape and Darwin High School was given thes cope of designing sculpture panels that reflect life in the Territory as part of the 150th Anniversary of Government House.
While the COVID pandemic slowed progress initially, the Year 12 students were able to visit Government House and present their design concepts to Her Honour, who provided them with feedback and support. The group also spent some time touring the gardens and taking note of the different spaces and features. Late last year Her Honour visited Darwin High School for a second design consult prior to printing.
The student panel designs were produced using Rhinoceros 3d and Grasshopper, a parametric software, and cut into 1200 by 1200mm by 2mm mild steel sheets using the schools’ FabLab Plasma cutter.
Last week the panels were officially unveiled at a special event at Government House, with Her Honour praising the final product.
I thank all involved and I’m sure you are all extremely proud of your work, which will be enjoyed by all who see them.
Darwin High School is incredibly proud of all the students and staff involved in this wonderful project and beyond grateful to Her Honour for the opportunity.