Design- Public Art in landscape architecture
Churchlands at Edith Cowan University
Churchlands Redevelopment - Edith Cowan University
location:Cromarty Road, ChurchlandsEdith Cowan University
Public Art is an integral part of the ECU Churchlands Redevelopment project. The art responds to the natural environment, using recycled materials, re-using site materials, supporting the local bird life, providing information and education and fostering a sense of local pride and ownership within the new residential community.
The art is a celebration of the natural environment.
It is: “Art that is interactive on the most profound scale; denoting the disarming
Peninsula Development - Circular Park, Plaza and Lake
Location: Burswood, WA
In all the artworks designed so far for the Peninsula Development, there have been different ideas or thrusts that have gone into the mix. Key ideas about referencing the history of the site and particularly early river use, have been a constant design idea. There has also been a need to maintain a contemporary feel to the developing artworks in order to project a clean bold and urbane image in line with the developing built form.
The Lake Park Artwork
The Lake Park artwork is no different in this contributing mix of design thrusts. The site is particularly suited to artworks that reference the river by interacting with the water body to directly evoke riverine images. An image that has been in mind when developing the artwork is the imaginary scene of camping, or stopping by the rivers edge, lighting a fire amongst the Paper Barks that reach out over the water; resting, waiting before moving on again. At times, only on the tops of the branches catch the first or last rays of a low and yellow sun.
With this proposed artwork geometry and angular steel work replace the living trees, but the organic arrangement remains, creating a small but powerful place to stop and wait; a place to lean and look around. Light at the extremities of the steel forms create something of the presence of camp fires. These golden reflective ends, slotted with a laser cut ripple motif, do indeed reflect the last rays of a yellow sun.
But there are not trees, not wood, but as with all the artworks, create forms that carve out spaces to move through. This work also uses a developed palette of high key painted steel forms, geometric in their regularity but with additional organic twists and interesting manipulation. Importantly the artwork is low key and visually economic, allowing the lake and the weir to remain the key point of interest. The artwork acts as a landmark for the general site, adding interest through lighting at night and into the day with colour and reflections, and creates a space along the bridge from which to look around and move through.
Circular Park ‘Moored’ Artwork
The peninsula development called for artworks to be incorporated into the landscape in such a way that both the signature contemporary nature of the new development was addressed, and to give insight into the history of the site, in particular a canal that once cut through the peninsula connecting two points of the river.
The artist took the history of the canal as a starting point but was keen to create a new imaginative work of sculptural excitement rather than to create a didactic illustration of the history. In this sense the artist tried to create a work that both spoke of the history, but created a history for itself in forming a signature artwork for the circular park
The sculptural form was loosely based on an imagined shallow hulled river boat moored against the river bank and tethered to trees. The hull is in the act of being loaded and leans to take the weight of goods. Key to this work is the viewers movement through the work and their position looking up through the imaginary water below to the hull form cantilevered above.
Consideration of alignment and heights was crucial to develop a work significant in scale for the park, but with sympathetic placement in terms of views through to the city. Bright colours give the work liveliness consistent with the bright and contemporary nature of the development.
The artist worked in close collaboration with Parise Steel in order to achieve the flowing twists and curves that were only achievable in the studio on a smaller scale. Working with quality fabricators liberated the artist to explore forms of a scale and ambition not previously attempted in the artist’s career.
The artist was able to work directly into scale models, by passing initial sketches. The models were then modelled in CAD by the artist with this model forming the base from which detailed tender drawings were produced.
A second work based on the boat hull idea sits on the corner site addressing the street corner and embracing and visually sheltering the café/pedestrian zone.
Landscape Architect and Artist role for mixed use high density development with a final population of 3000 residents.
Integrated development utilising the skills of owner/developer, architect, landscape architect and expert consultancy teams.
Artist and Landscape Architect engaged to conceive and develop artwork strategies.
Artist - Stuart Green.
Leighton Mosaic Artworks
Blackwell & Associates PTY LTD
Location: Central Plaza for the Leighton Beach Development
Story of the seven sisters pervades throughout Aboriginal Mythology with various interpretations from one side of the country to another. In the Eastern States, the story tends to revolve around seven young women who are pursued across the sky by a persistent hunter and who eventually became the constellation known as Kooralia, otherwise known as Pleiades. In Western Australia, the dreamtime story revolves around seven hills, North East of the Southern Cross.
In our process of designing the Central Plaza for the Leighton Beach Development, we, Blackwell & Associates thought it would be appropriate to have seven separate Aboriginal Artworks located in the gaps between the seven artificially created dunes that provide shelter down the length of the central public open space, Central Plaza.
This represented a particular significant opportunity in Western Australia as there are generally recognised as being seven separate Aboriginal families who claim custodianship in the broader region around Perth. The concept then was to have an individual artwork representative of the dreamtime story from each of these families, one located for each such space near the ‘dunes’.
This daunting task simply would not have been possible without the involvement of Sandra Hill, herself a well known Aboriginal artist and lecturer in Western Australia who undertook the daunting task of first of all going to speak with each of the Elders of each family group, recording their stories, documenting them in such a fashion that was acceptable to the Elders and then helping to find suitable artists to assist in portraying these dreamtime stories.
Sandra herself took on several of the designs in the absence of any family associated representative being able to competently being able to complete the work. Sandra Hill’s past involvement with Jenny Dawson, another well known Western Australian mosaic artist allowed these works to be physically interpreted and then painstakingly conveyed from a two-dimensional art form into the fired tiles located within their respective places within the Plaza.
Aside from the sheer magnitude of the task that we set Sandra, there was an incredible amount of very sensitive information that had to be dealt with at each stage of the development and Sandra handled this with impeccable aplomb.
The Aboriginal Elders were invited to come and participate in the preparation of their artworks at a number of stages and, we believe, this helped engender a stronger feeling of camaraderie between each of the groups.
Art Coordinator:Andra Kins
Lead Artists:Jenny Dawson & Sandra Hill
Swarbrick Wilderness Centre
Department of Environment and Conservation
Swarbrick Wilderness Discovery
WA Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)
location:North Walpole Road, North Walpole
The Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre, which Swarbrick Wilderness Discovery is a part of, aims to immerse visitors in a variety of enriching experiences with the Walpole Wilderness Area. These experiences will evoke and provoke feelings and ideas about the Walpole Wilderness Area, the forests and the wilderness.
Swarbrick Wilderness Discovery is an interpretation trail that includes the Wilderness Wall of Perception and five interpretive public artworks. It is supported by a carpark and access road from North Walpole Road. The project focuses on immersing the visitor in a powerful personal journey of interpretation and is a departure from traditional interpretation, in that the materiality of the Wall interacts with and encourages visitors to contemplate their own personal perceptions of wilderness.
Scope of works
- Design and construction of site facilities, interpretation trail and Wilderness Wall of Perception;
- Installation of interpretive public art works;
- Provision of wheelchair accessible path to artwork sites; and
- Construction of access road and car park.
Project Management – DEC
Landscape Architecture and Architectural Design – DEC
Interpretation and Graphic Design – DEC
Engineer – Kevin Lodge
ArtSource – Jenny Kerr
Artist – Peter Farmer; ‘Message Sticks’
Artist – Lorenna Grant and Alan Clark; “5000 Seeds”, “The Colonial Totem”, “The Ghost Feather” and “The Golden Torus”.
Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC)