Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Shields Street Heart Project

Cairns is the most northern regional commercial centre on the Australian eastern seaboard and is the closest mainland city for Australia’s neighbours in the Coral Sea. Artists Philomena Yeatman, Edna Ambrym and Valmai Pollard from the nearby Indigenous community of Yarrabah were selected by the Cairns Council to produce artworks for a $700,000 public art mosaic project to be featured on eight walls around landscaped gardens in the main mall in Cairns, QLD. Don Macdonald and his Orchid Groupteam were appointed as the installing contractors due to their extensive mosaic experience and Artistic Solutions Group as the Creative Consultants to ensure artistic integrity was maintained as the canvas paintings were translated into mosaics and adapted to the vast expanse of the eight walls.

“It was the one thing I didn’t have to think about. All the products; 254 Platinum, 3701 Fortified Mortar Bed, 335 Premium Flexible Adhesive, HYDRO BAN®, LATAPOXY® SP-100 and SPECTRALOCK® PRO Grout, performed exceptionally well individually and as a complete system. Equally as important to using the right products is the technical support. The team at LATICRETE provided me with all of the essential background and technical understanding for each of the products which allowed me to execute the installation with confidence knowing I was using the very best products and industry best practice with our methodology”, said Don Macdonald, Orchid Group.

The project was a huge success for the entire team and the project was a significant undertaking with all of its complexities and challenges. LATICRETE remained the undeniable constant throughout the whole process for the reliability, dependability and superior performance of system approach.

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*The Orchid Group is also known as Symmetry Mosaics.

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