Bright Bold Boundless is a new display in SLQ’s Asia Pacific Design Library examining the unique design of the GC2018 Queen’s Baton, which is travelling around Australia for the Commonwealth Games.

Passed from hand-to-hand in the lead up to the Games, the Queen’s Baton is the symbolic heart of the ‘Friendly Games’– a tangible symbol that has undergone a fascinating design evolution in its many guises over 60 years.

Discover the fascinating Queensland story behind the innovative and creative design of the Baton, while getting up close and personal with the different design prototypes developed by Brisbane-based industrial designers Designworks.

The exhibit showcases the Queen’s Baton’s design process from research to design to final manufacture. It also provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of contemporary design in practice and the intricacies of designing a symbol meaningful to the Gold Coast community.

Visitors to the display will also see historical images and examples of Queen’s Batons from past Commonwealth Games such as Brisbane 1982 and Melbourne 2006.

Designworks co-founder Alex Wall said that the GC2018 Queen’s Baton tells a design story that draws inspiration from the boundless energy of the people, place and spirit of the Gold Coast.

“The consultative nature of the design process informed the selection of the local materials used in the making of the Queen’s Baton. We’re excited to share our work and the design process used, hopefully inspiring others pursuing a creative sustainable practice.”

As part of the Bright Bold Boundless display, SLQ will host Untold stories of the 2018GC Queen’s Baton. Hear from Designworks as they speak about the behind-the-scenes journey of designing the Baton. Afterwards join a curator-led tour of the Bright Bold Boundless display in the Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL).

Date: Saturday 31 March

Time: 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Where: The Red Box, level 2, State Library of Queensland

Register: here

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