Signature by Paul Carter
Signature by Paul Carter
Signature by Paul Carter

Signature by Paul Carter

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Signature celebrates an aspect of Paul Carter’s distinguished public art practice, his unique typographical inscriptions installed in award-winning public space design projects, including Homebush Bay (Sydney 2000 Olympics), Federation Square, 180 Brisbane, State Square (Darwin), Scarborough Beach (WA), Harmony Square (Dandenong) and Yagan Square, Perth.

The inscriptions are poetic compositions arising from the creative through lines, or place-making impulses, embedded in each site’s cultural and environmental history.

By using a poetic logic able to expose convergences, coincidences and cross-overs of sense, Carter produces original place signatures. These differ from conventional dedicatory texts not only in their content but in their arrangement and distribution, which characteristically operate at a scale where reading and treading elide.

Sean Hogan, Signature’s designer and Paul Carter were drawn to this book project by the challenge of putting writing designed to be ‘outside the book’ into a physical format whose unit was the page and whose conventional organisation was linear.


Signature is a unique collaboration between poetry, place and graphic design. Created at the intersection between voice and architecture, it reanimates the meaning of volume.

About the author: 

Paul Carter is a highly acclaimed writer, artist and interdisciplinary scholar. His book The Road to Botany Bay and his artwork Nearamnew (at Federation Square, Melbourne) are particularly well-known. He is Creative Director of the design studio Material Thinking (established 2007), and Professor of Design (Urbanism) in the School of Architecture & Design, RMIT University.

Hardcover: 208 pages

Dimensions: 21 x 27 cm