Process in Practice
Court buildings can be austere structures. As architecture, they often have incorporated ‘cold’ polished black or white stone in highly formal designs, with imposing steps rising up to a foreboding entrance. Similarly, commissions for law courts have traditionally produced such symbols of state authority as statues of liberty or justice, as well as scales and crests. In comparison, the Brisbane Magistrates Court has provided the opportunity to commission contemporary art work and design that humanises the built environment, while creating powerful statements of enduring social significance for Queensland’s civic life.