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Lennie-Loo is the Designer Dunny

21 April 2016

Sunshine Coast Council has finally announced a winner in its hugely popular competition to design a public toilet for the Queensland town of Kenilworth.

Michael Lennie’s design Canistrum was announced as the winning entry, selected from almost 200 entrants from around Australia. Maleny-based designer Lennie was awarded a prize of $10,000, chosen from a shortlist of 12 designs.

Entrants came from a diverse pool of Australian talent, everyone from architects to students were asked to come up with a concept that would build a sense of pride, inspiring the community as well as local visitors.

Due to the regular seasonal flooding in the area, the design had to be elevated at least 4 metres off the ground.

The judging panel included South Australian sculptor Gred Johns, Division 10 councillor Greg Rogerson, architect John Mainwaring, Sandy Conte and Shirley Moreland, president of Keniworth Arts Council.

The panel found Lennie’s entry delivered on the competition’s goal of producing an iconic, innovative and functional public artwork.

Uniting art with a functional public toilet for the Isaac Moore Park, this vibrant and exciting addition to the park is sure to turn heads with its bold colours and unique modern design in contrast with the natural environment of Kenilworth.

The work’s title “Canistrum” is the Latin word for wicker basket. Lennie describes the design as “an unfinished basket reflecting an unfinished history… it brings ancient craft into the future public domain.”

He described his entry as providing “a strong gateway statement reflecting the creative identity and character of the Kenilworth community.”

The local council will now work with Lennie to develop detailed construction plans, including a feasibility analysis to investigate costs, budget availability and construction schedule.

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