Australian National University

Australian National University

Una by Wolfgang Buttress


Commissioned for the new medical science precinct in collaboration with Lyons Architects and astrophysicist Dr. Daniel Bayliss of ANU.  Una is a highly polished 4m diameter stainless steel sphere featuring 9,100 laser cut perforations which accurately map the stars visible to the naked eye in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, which are laser cut according to their luminosity.

The inner sphere reflects rays of light, adding a magical dimension to the artwork experience. Peering through the perforation of a single ‘star’ the viewer is suddenly captivated by a field of cosmic vision. The highly polished inner sphere reflects tiny rays of light filtering through the outer ball. Bouncing off the polished inner surfaces, the effect, at different times of the day, reveals a beautiful and entirely different universe.

Client:                                   Australian National University

Location:                              ANU Medical Precinct, Canberra ACT

Photography:                       Ben Wrigley

UNA expresses the essence of the immediate scientific, built and natural environment. It also asks questions about our relation with and suggests the enormity and untouchable presence of the stars. You can see but you cannot touch. We are contextual but also transient.” Wolfgang Buttress