Jade Oakley has been developing her craft for the past 12 years, mastering the mechanics and compositional perfection of Alexander Calder, the great 20th Century artist and inventor of the mobile. While Jade creates work of an intimate scale in delicate materials such as paper and silk, the kinetic beauty of her work is imminently suited to large scale public applications.
Jade is a technical genius, with an artistic eye, who trained under acclaimed public artist Jennifer Turpin. Throughout her career she has produced numerous public art commissions across Australia and internationally for clients such as Galaxy Casino, Crown Casino, Otto & Quay Restaurant and The Concord Centre for Mental Health.
Jade’s most significant public artwork to date is Sky Garden for the new Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. This work consists of perforated and hand painted laser cut aluminium angels and leaves which create a canopy of moving colour in the main entrance to the new hospital.
The hospital was awarded the most prestigious prize in the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards — The Premier Award for Interior Design Excellence and Innovation.
View images of Sky Garden from concept to completion.
Read Sarah Berry’s article Jade Oakley’s Winged Wonders