However, some visitors may miss seeing the "Queen Bee" mural which adorns one of the sides of the building. The "Queen Bee" was developed by sculptor Richard Stringer for a series of studio works in 2003-04. Nonda Katsalidis, the architect, saw these original sculptures and began the process of finding funding for a large scale version while Stringer adapted the idea to the building in regards to scale, layout and construction method.
Katsalidis and Stringer had discussed the idea of making a permanent installation on various building projects over the years and the image of a Queen Bee and colony had a obvious conceptual compatibility to the context of this gigantic residential tower. The gold finish of Stringer's works also complemented the golden glass apex of the building designed by Katsalidis.
The sculptures are made from anodised aluminium sheet using cast aluminium for all the antennae and small bees' legs. The sheets are riveted together using 110,000 anodised rivets. The work was begun in January 2006 at Stringer's Richmond studio and the completed work was installed in December 2007.
The sculptural mural provides a wonderful 3D mural creation that catches the eye and decorates beautifully the lower parts of this iconic Melbourne skyscraper.
This post is part of the Monday Murals meme.