An exciting creative partnership between State Library Victoria and RMIT University will transform the Library’s façade into a large-scale public artwork, due to be unveiled this spring.

27 masters and undergraduate students across architecture, fashion and communication design will work alongside RMIT academics and State Library experts to create a major artwork that will span the Library’s Swanston Street entrance.

Students will draw inspiration from the Library’s vast collection, heritage spaces and architecture to create the artwork, which will be installed on construction hoardings in spring when the Library’s Swanston Street entrance and ground floor are temporarily closed for construction.

The project is an exciting opportunity for students to gain real-world design experience, and for their work to be displayed on a huge scale on one of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings.

Work on the project has already begun, with the multidisciplinary team of students paying a visit to the Library to tour the spaces and meet with Library staff.

The visit also included a briefing on how to search the Library’s catalogue to access the vast collection of images, maps, illustrations and photographs, which will help provide inspiration for their designs.

The final artwork will be unveiled when the Library’s Swanston Street entrance temporarily closes, marking a significant turning point in the project.

During this time, the Library’s Russell Street entrance will reopen after more than a decade, and a second new accessible entrance will also open on La Trobe Street.

The new entrances will lead to redeveloped spaces including a Welcome Zone with a café and expanded Readings Bookshop, and access to two new reading rooms.

The Swanston Street entrance and ground floor will reopen in spring 2019 when construction is complete. The Library will remain open throughout Vision 2020 construction.