08/07/2019 - 1:58pm
Introducing Design Honours Student Lydia Morgan - the artist behind the stunning new 8-metre mural in the entrance to the Main Library.
Lydia was the winner in a competition for students to design a mural in entrance to the Main Library. Visited over 2 million times a year, it is one of the most central places in the experience of the UNSW Community.
Lydia’s design draws on her experience living on campus after she first moved to Australia to attend UNSW. It celebrates the sense of comfort and community that Lydia felt while relaxing on the Library Lawn. She says:
My mural design depicts a student among Australian flora and fauna, reading and relaxing with a cup of coffee. This design was directly inspired by the Library Lawn at UNSW which in many ways feels to me like the centre of the UNSW community.
Like many UNSW students, I actually didn’t grow up in Australia, and over the last four years have loved becoming a part of the broader Australian community. One of the parts of Australia that I take great joy in is the abundance of beautiful plants, flowers and animals. The flowers, leaves (and of course, Ibis) depicted in my design were all based on what I saw around campus and what makes UNSW such an enjoyable place, in my opinion, to be. In many urban spaces you don’t have the freedom that you feel at university to relax and focus, and I wanted to reflect that feeling of comfort and community support in my design.
The competition was run by the Student Communities Office in the DVCA through a project that grew out of the UNSW Heroes Program.
You can view more of Lydia’s work on her Instagram: @squid_morgan