What do those coloured poles mean?

Have you ever pondered the origin of the colour poles at the entrance to the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS)?

Standing at the entrance to the LIMS building, visitors are welcomed by four colourful sculpture installations.

Created in 2012 by contemporary Indigenous artist, Reko Rennie, the bright, geometric sculptures combine traditional Indigenous culture, contemporary art and Western science.

According to Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Dr Vincent Alessi, each ‘pole’ has been designed with the five platonic solids in mind – icosahedron, octahedron, star tetrahedron, hexahedron and dodecahedron – considered to be the building blocks of nature within the canon of Western science and philosophy. The Murri design, a traditional Indigenous diamond shaped pattern, has been handed down for use to Rennie by his father and grandfather.

Reko Rennie is of Kamilaroi ancestry and was born in Melbourne in 1974. An interdisciplinary artist, Rennie explores his Indigenous identity and uses his practice to provoke discussion about Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments. The installation was the first large scale sculptural work by an Indigenous artist in La Trobe University’s collection.

Where to find it: At the main entrance to LIMS 1, home of the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science at La Trobe University, Melbourne Campus.