ExpertisePublic domain works
ScopeDesign and delivery
Scale4.5 (H) x 7 (W) x 14 (L) meters
MaterialsDulux paint, anti-graffiti coating
LocationMarrickville, Sydney, Australia
The central creative challenge of the project was to fulfill the practical intention of preventing graffiti on community facilities while creating an artwork of local significance which the local community feels connected to and proud of. We were interesting in mapping and orienteering as a way to engage with the local community in the creation of the work and to the history of the place and the practice of ‘guiding’. We worked with the Marrickville girl guides to create personalised and idiosyncratic maps of the park, describing significant places within the park and also the gathering points of people and activity in the park.
The result is a facade work across the surface of the building with the white lines representing the contour lines and main features in McNeilly Park and the stainless fixtures represent the historic features of this place including the creeks that used to be here and the old swimming pool.The brass fixtures represent the significant gathering points in the park.
Detail of the wall of Girl Guides Building showing the tactile indicators and painted line work.
Installation of the paint work
Map of McNeilly Park stretched across the building facade
Detail of river that used to run through the park
Planting native grasses with local kids to surround the building
Planting with the girl guides
Girl guides building before installation of artwork
Girl guides building and girl guides planting native grasses after installation of artwork