ACT Law Courts

ACT Law Courts

Scribbly Gum by Jade Oakley


Creative Road worked with Australian artist Jade Oakley and Axolotl Art Projects to deliver a large scale artwork for the new ACT Law Courts. Jade’s artwork, Scribbly Gum references the local landscape and is integrated into a curvaceous balustrade wall.

The artwork comprises a series of wooden panels inspired by the curved, intersecting lines of Canberra’s iconic Scribbly Gum trees.  The curves also relate to the shape of the wall itself, which undulates and references the surrounding landscape.  Light is used in Scribbly Gum to create a visually dynamic artwork, as bright points of light appear to slowly weave their way through the curvaceous maze of scribbles. The gradual, glowing movement of these lights creates a sense of time passing and a feeling of calm, like watching a fire or shadows passing over the landscape.

Client:                   ACT Government

Location:              Canberra City, ACT

Photography:       Ben Wrigley

“The Scribbly Gum also lends the artwork a light touch as it reminds us of the wonder of nature, and nature’s sense of humour. The whimsical patterns on the scribbly bark bring to mind childhood, and time spent in the bush. It is a reminder of our native land, the place that grounds us and links us together. It is a symbol of the culture and landscape to which we belong.” Jade Oakley