In a series of site-specific, integrated artworks created by artist Rick Vermey for Yanchep Secondary College, the ‘Rhythm and Flow’ of the undulating ripple of ocean and sand is expressed in various materials across the school. Situated on the West Australian coast, Yanchep is known for magnificent beaches, native bushland and natural beauty, the landscape is a mixture of hard and soft, reef and vegetation. The powerful south westerly winds and the effect it has on the coastal environment was a source of inspiration for Vermey’s work across Stage 1 of the new state-of-the-art campus.

The simple ripple motif, scaled up, makes for striking graphic patternation and is strongly represented throughout the series. Custom-profiled, laser cut and powder coated aluminium, form rippling horizontal louvred shade screens. Custom shaped and custom manufactured bricks reveal from a distance, a rippling surface across a wall.

Acorn Photography

Vermey explored tidal flows, coastal currents and the swelling of the ocean, using abstractions from pictorial views of the Indian Ocean to create the graphic for the glass artwork. The ImagInk printed and laminated glass forms a double height wind break wall, carrying an elegant, ribbon-like ripple design flowing across it. Shadows cast during the day map a bold linear design as the sun plays throughout the protected space.

Photo: Daniel Giuffre, if/Lab Design.
Acorn Photography

Developing the glass artwork required close consultation with the Cooling Brothers graphic design team. Achieving the right hues of subtly shifting blues to capture the gentle ripple required several rounds of testing and experimentation. Printing to the right opacity and achieving super precise line quality and high print quality were a prioity to successfully execute this artwork. The panels were printed at a super fine high quality to achieve a sharp and refined outcome.

The Cooling Brothers team has always enjoyed working with Vermey, who is now fluent in the process of creating art for ImagInk printing. His knowledge of the media, both in file creation and management meant precise colour corrections could be easily executed by our team for this specialist product, to achieve a specific vision. Vermey comments:

“I worked alongside Coolings in-house designer to make corrections, much as I would do myself in my own studio for printed art to paper. The level of access and collaboration in the production stage is unusual in the commercial industry, but Cooling Brothers delivers in this way which allows for the best possible outcome for a project such as this, which required attentive sampling and proofing”

Vermey’s selection of ImagInk was for the robustness of the inks in harsh marine weather conditions and being in a school setting. He further comments:

 “I’ve worked with various print reproduction methods using glass, including screenprint, DigiGlass and ImagInk. On this occasion I wanted to maintain full transparency between the solid opaque ink stripes, and wanted a very controlled gradient of blue hues, so ImagInk was the right choice” As the glass was laminated it provided further safety and longevity for the encapsulated printing.

Photo: Daniel Giuffre, if/Lab Design.

Cooling Brothers has worked with Vermey on a number of successful projects in glass, many awe inspiring, highly creative and refined creations. We asked him if he had any pointers for artists looking to use digital glass printing processes, he advises:

“I’d advocate for close scrutiny of the nuances of site characteristics and the context for the artwork. Glass has very particular properties. Study how it behaves and what it looks like in different conditions.

Clear communication with your product supplier is always very important, so that everyone knows what you’re aiming to achieve, as is an understanding of how the industrial print process works. 

I also firmly believe that by sampling and prototyping, even at 1:1 scale whenever that is possible, the properties and behaviours of your chosen materials will reveal themselves in richer ways than brochures and swatches ever can. Every artwork glass project is bespoke and unique. Take the time needed to get it right.”

Cooling Brothers has always been set apart by providing close attention to our client’s needs from the initial conceptual stages. Through close collaboration with the artist and being engaged early in the design process, a highly polished outcome can always be achieved.

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Glass

Blackwood Meander, Yanchep

Rick Vermey 

with_architecture studio

PS Structures

CWS Australia

Images 1,2,3 Acorn Photography Images 3,4 Daniel Guiffre if/Lab Design 

Commissioned for Department of Education through the Western Australian Government’s Percent for Art Scheme

Imagink + Custom Laminate

Project Details

Blackwood Meander, Yanchep

Rick Vermey 

with_architecture studio

PS Structures

CWS Australia

Images 1,2,3 Acorn Photography Images 3,4 Daniel Guiffre if/Lab Design 

Commissioned for Department of Education through the Western Australian Government’s Percent for Art Scheme

Imagink + Custom Laminate