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Applying boat building thinking to complex composite commissions

Stephen Campbell, Managing Director, Composites Constructions Pty Ltd

Abstract

Over the past few years Composites Constructions has delivered a number of ambitious, beautiful and dynamic public art commissions made from composites. The latest being “Convergence” which stands on the ground at over 12 metres high, made from hollow carbon fibre shell with 14mmm thick walls and a 6mm foam core. The final sections were coated with a textured finish and an applied coat of metallic grey.

Training as a Master Boat Builder to fulfil his love of everything marine, Steve believes that traditional skills and lateral thinking of a boat builder on issues such as complex shapes and windage are invaluable for a raft of non-traditional applications. He will outline how realising ambitious creative outcomes requires strategic partnerships and collaboration across many disciplines including working with engineers and artists.

Bio

Composites Constructions is a Melbourne based leading boat building, boat maintenance, and custom composite components manufacturer based in Melbourne, Australia.

Owner/operator Stephen Campbell has over 28 years experience building hi-tech boats, maintaining and refitting boats, and manufacturing composite components. Stephen and his team build boats and boat components for private and commercial clients, and manufacture composite components for clients across a wide range of industries.