UNSW Library Alumni mural commission:by Louise Zhang in Lift foyer Level 2 Main Library

Alumni mural program

The UNSW Library Alumni Mural Program is a series of site-specific public artworks by UNSW alumni created for the lift foyers of the UNSW Main Library. This series is part of a broader strategy within UNSW Library to enrich the student experience by embedding art and culture throughout the Library.

This commission series invites UNSW alumni to create a new temporary artwork which responds to the site of the Library lift foyers as a place of transition - a gateway to knowledge, information and learning, as well as collaboration and relaxation. Artists are selected for their artistic excellence and whose practices reflect the ideas and concerns at the forefront of contemporary consciousness; First Nations history and culture, the natural environment, migration, geopolitics and a more inclusive society.

With these ideas in mind, this project seeks to enhance the student experience of UNSW Library as a welcoming space with distinct spatial identities, fostering a personal connection with the Library. This commission series highlights the important role the Library plays within the University as a site of learning and community, celebrates the diversity of the student population and reflects the innovation and excellence of UNSW graduates.


Louise Zhang

From December 2019 to December 2023
Main Library, Level 2 lift foyer

Louise Zhang's Waves of chrysanthemums is the first commission of the UNSW Library Alumni Mural Program. Created by Chinese-Australian artist Zhang, this public mural is in the lift foyer of Level 2, UNSW Main Library.

Lisa Sammut

From December 2019 to December 2023
Main Library, Level 3 lift foyer

Lisa Sammut's Waiting room embodies the curiosity and sense of possibility of the cosmos, echoing the spheres and stars, constellations and planetary bodies that make up the night sky. With an interest in celestial architecture, Sammut has sought to create a space where visitors can experience time, consider mysteries of the universe and contemplate their next action.

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