Collaborating with Sydney artist Oliver Watts, the food precinct completed within phase one of Castle Towers’ $180 million integrated transport and retail hub offers an emotive centrifuge for visitors to linger within. Forest references, superior material choices, and specialised lighting augment its immersive offering. A series of Melaleuca paperbark forest paintings by the artist Oliver Watts were the source of the environmental graphic art features. Enabling an immersive experience sitting under a symbolic tree canopy, over-scaled plywood hoods hover above the central seating arrangements. The Autumnal shades found in the Australian natives were extracted into pixelated forms, informing the gradient shading of the powder-coated aluminium paddles surrounding the pods like scales of coloured bark. Beneath, the artist’s brush was unleashed upon upholstery fabrics, laminated tables and raised bar surfaces.