Public Works 

PBDG are often involved in a variety of works outside the realm of architecture.

We work with an amazing range of talented and skilled local artists, artisans and craftspeople in our projects, from the conception phase to the final installation. Whether it is to lift our own designs to the next level or help them pursue and reveal their vision.

An idea can emerge from practical needs and from a range of inspirational sources, such as nature, and working with artistic minded people enable the idea to manifest at an extremely high level of skill and quality.

Northbourne Avenue Lights

Cerca 2002, these iconic fairy lights that run down Northbourne Avenue in the Canberra City Centre are just one of the many public works we’ve had the privilege to work on.

Reconciliation Place Slivers

To celebrate Indigenous leadership, this artwork focuses on two Aboriginal men. Neville Bonner, a Jagera man, fought for his people 'within the system', and became the first Indigenous Senator in the Australian Parliament (1971). Vincent Lingiari, a Gurindji man, led his people in a walk-off at Wave Hill Station in the Northern Territory in 1966 which began the Aboriginal land rights movement in Australia.

The southern face of the artwork features an artist's representation of a carpet snake (Neville Bonner's totem) burnt into a redgum timber surface behind Bonner's image. The northern faces feature a timeline with images depicting significant events during the fifteen-year campaign for recognition of land rights.

The lower image on the north-eastern side was derived from the Gurindji Freedom Banner, a tapestry created by Gurindji women depicting the Wave Hill walk-off.

The featured song, 'From Little Things Big Things Grow', by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody, tells the story of Wave Hill and Vincent Lingiari.

Sliver Attributions
Aboriginal Cultural Advisor: Sharon Payne
Architect: Paul Barnett
Concept Designers: Marcus Bree, Benita Tunks
Final Designer: Benita Tunks
Graphic Designer: Alan Vogt

RAAF Memorial

The Royal Australian Air Force Memorial. Per Ardua ad Astra—Through Struggle to the Stars. Soaring to a height of almost eight metres, the national memorial to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) honours the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served in the RAAF and its predecessor, the Australian Flying Corps.

It was the second memorial to be erected on Anzac Parade and unveiled in 1973 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the RAAF. The sculpture, by Inge King, won the Memorial’s design competition in 1970.

It, was enhanced in 2002 by three polished granite walls. Using archival images, the artwork depicts the dedication and valour of the men and women of the RAAF who have served Australia, and traces the major war episodes from 1915 to the present.

The RAAF is one of the world’s oldest independent air forces, established in 1921—just three years after the first, the (British) Royal Air Force. Australian pilots were on active service in 1914 in New Guinea, and in 1915 the Australian Flying Corps was fighting in Mesopotamia (Iraq).

By 1918, squadrons were also in action on the Western Front in France. During World War II the RAAF served with distinction in the Middle East, Britain and the Pacific. The RAAF also served in the Malayan, Korean and Vietnam conflicts and, more recently, RAAF personnel have served in the Gulf War, East Timor and numerous peacekeeping operations.