A Wollongong creative business is being recognised as an innovative leader: photo gallery

Wollongong signage and graphic design business Thomas Creative has won five national awards at this year’s ASGA Awards.

On Friday David Thomas and his team attended the Australian Sign & Graphic Association (ASGA) Awards in Sydney.

ASGA is the representative body of the sign and graphics industry in Australia and the awards are held every second year to recognise the very best in the industry.

And Thomas Creative winning five awards is considered a major achievement.

The Wollongong business in Kenny Street took home a silver and bronze award in the carving/sculpture category.

It won the silver for the construction of Shirane Miyazaki’s Light Origami Sculptures as part of last year’s Sydney Vivid Festival. 

“This was an incredibly creative project to work on,” Mr Thomas said.

“The light origami sculptures have now been on tour globally.”

The bronze award was won for the construction of The Galleries Wrapped Sculptures, welded ‘wire’ sculptures to promote Christmas shopping and gift-wrapping services in Sydney.

The giant sculptures were suspended from atrium ceilings on flexible steel wire and were unwrapped on Christmas Day to reveal the wire frames.

Thomas Creative’s third award was in the Directional & Wayfinding Signs category.

It won silver for the design and installation of the Youthworks Shoalhaven signs.

“We chose solid Red Ironbark hard wood posts to ‘plant’ these directional and wayfinding signs in a tree filled landscape on the banks of the Shoalhaven River,” Mr Thomas said.

Thomas Creative also took home a silver award in the Illumination/LED category for the clever creation of the Absolut Vodka Bottle Logo which created a grand entrance at Sydney’s Ivy Night Club for an Absolut Vodka Event.

The final gong Thomas Creative won on Friday was a bronze award in the Installation category for a giant digitally printed vinyl banner at the bottom of the Bondi Icebergs pool.

“The installation required emptying the pool and hand delivering three tonne of sandbags to secure the banner at the bottom, and then the pool was filled,” Mr Thomas said.

“The project was risky due to the weather conditions..but was one of the most rewarding projects to see completed.”

Thomas Creative has now completed three sign installations at the bottom of the Bondi Icebergs pool.

The latest being the R U Ok Day. Thomas Creative recently helped the Sydney Opera House with a $202 million upgrade.

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