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Hobart International Airport

We were approached to design commercial Christmas decorations for the new departures area as part of a major redevelopment, being mindful of the need to possibly extend the concept to other areas of the terminal, once upgrades have been completed. The design had to be on brand and find broad public appeal through design and artistic integrity.

Project Challenges

The main challenge related to the need to create an artistic expression of Christmas for the southern gateway to the exceptional arts venues in Hobart such as MONA. The solution would be restricted to hanging Christmas deorations throughout the terminal.

CDS Solution

We commissioned a local craftsman to create Tasmanian timber-framed stars. Made of solid black heart Sassafras, each had 2 inserted clear acrylic panels creating a cavity to be filled with Christmas baubles of different sizes and colours. The colour theme of lime green and silver baubles reflected elements of the Airport’s brand logo. The construction method allowed for the acrylic panels to be removed to enable the baubles to be replaced should a fresh look be desired in the future.

The stars were suspended from the ceiling and equally offset from major structural columns along the length of the terminal. The placement of the decorations and the see-through nature of the decorations, enabled two-way visibility, achieving the maximum visual impact with limited product.

The Result

This relatively simple and low budget project achieved everything the Hobart International Airport was intending to achieve and resulted in highly positive feedback from a diverse range of visitors to the Airport and State.