Cartograffiti

  • Client
    Marrickville Council
  • Discipline
    Public Art
  • Expertise
    Public domain works
  • Scope
    Design and delivery
  • Scale
    4.5 (H) x 7 (W) x 14 (L) meters
  • Materials
    Dulux paint, anti-graffiti coating
  • Year
    2013
  • Location
    Marrickville, Sydney, Australia
  • Status
    Complete
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.