Memorial takes out prize
THE controversial Tree of Knowledge Memorial in Central Queensland has taken out the grand prize in a prestigious national awards ceremony.
The Barcaldine structure, which memorialises the tree where the Australian Labor Party was founded in 1891, was the overall winner of the 2009 Australian Timber Design Awards.
Brian Hooper Architect and m3architecture received the award on Tuesday for the incredible memorial, made up of over 4913 individual timber pieces, all of which are sustainable, renewable or recycled.
Dead, preserved ghost gum tree has been used for the heart of the memorial’s square frame. Logs hang from the ceiling of the frame in an imitation of the canopy of a tree and charcoaled external timbers create a veil around the dead tree.