Tasmanian design firm wins international award Wed 27 June 2012 Katherine Hough Director, Arts Tasmania Arts Tasmania Director Katherine Hough today congratulated Tasmanian design studio Futago and the Hobart City Council on winning international recognition for their work on the Battery Point Sculpture Trail. The project took home a Global Design Award at the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) International Awards in New York last week. "The team at Futago worked collaboratively with Tasmanian artists Judith Abell and Chris Viney and have created a public art project of international standing", Ms Hough said. "The SEGD jury recognised the trail as a complex and innovative public art project and commended the creative team on their clever interpretation of the historical nature of the site." "Tasmania has a long history of art in public places through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme and other public art programs. "This work is part of an extensive collection of large scale, built-in and significant artworks that provide a vital public face for Tasmania's professional artistic community." Ms Hough said the Battery Point Sculpture Trail is a permanent installation of nine sculptures along the foreshore, commissioned by the Hobart City Council Public Art Special Committee. "The concept of the trail is "sculpture by numbers" with each number telling a part of Battery Point's history," Ms Hough said. "All of the sculptures were designed and fabricated in Tasmania and are a great example of the very high skills of the artists, designers, fabricators and installers in our state. "Their work has been recognised internationally and the whole team deserves our congratulations."