Dunny competition off and running
  • Saturday 07 November 2015

What will Kenilworth’s Designer Dunny look like?

It’s now in the hands of artists, architects, designers, students and loo lovers from around the country who are competing in the Kenilworth Designer Dunny Competition which has been officially launched at Isaac Moore Park in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland town.

The Kenilworth community - in partnership with Sunshine Coast Council - is encouraging creatives from across Australia to design a public toilet structure that celebrates the Kenilworth community and delivers an iconic and innovative public artwork.

The winning designer will receive $10,000.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson has championed the project from its inception and said he was looking forward to seeing the creative thinking a country loo could inspire.

“The Sunshine Coast has a wealth of talented businesses and individuals working in the creative sector and through the development of national art competitions like this one, we are committing to supporting and growing this sector even further,” Cr Rogerson said.

“The site poses some interesting design challenges, with entrants having to design a structure that sits at least four metres above the existing ground level to avoid the building being affected by seasonal flooding.

“As well as the practical benefits of a toilet for a much used and loved park, this toilet will definitely be a major talking point and draw card for the Kenilworth area.

“A complete design brief and a full list of technical challenges involved are available on Sunshine Coast Council’s website for anyone wishing to find out more about the competition or submit their design.

”We recognise that great ideas and inspiration can come from anyone, so we’re inviting everyone from qualified architects, right through to students, individuals and teams to enter.”

Well-respected Sunshine Coast architect John Mainwaring will join Cr Rogerson, Queensland Art Gallery Curator Lynne Seears, world renowned sculptor Greg Johns and former Kenilworth Arts Council president Shirley Moreland on the judging panel and said he was looking forward to seeing the differences in how entrants interpreted the design brief.

“The Kenilworth Designer Dunny Competition recognises the importance of a building’s impact on its environment and also how the environment can influence the design of a functional and utilitarian structure,” Mr Mainwaring said.

“Isaac Moore Park sits at the entry of Kenilworth on the banks of the Mary River and will be an important welcoming statement for the town, so it’s important the structure is eye-catching and interesting, while also being reflective of the Kenilworth community and environment.”

The competition closes on January 29, 2016, with a winner announced in March 2016. Entries can be submitted at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

For email inquiries - kenilworthdesign@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Image: Isaac Moore Park – soon to be home of a designer dunny.