Street Works

Artists and landscape architects were asked to devise projects that would transform under-used public spaces in the City of Sydney in a unique competition sponsored by the City.

The five winning teams of the international Street Works competition, held by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, will install their projects this week.

Street Works is about finding new ways of thinking about public spaces, bringing people together and tackling some of our big challenges.

The challenge was to come up with creative installations that complement the City's long term plans to improve sustainability.

I was enthused by all the entries and the different ideas these creative teams have come up with to inspire the people who live, visit and work here.

Inspiration is important because lively, bright and beautiful streets encourage people to get out and be active, meet friends and enjoy their surroundings - and that livens up the City's open spaces.

Street Works was made possible by a City of Sydney cultural grant and attracted entries from 67 teams of landscape architects, architects, artists and designers from Australia, the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, Israel, Hong Kong and Korea.

The five installations are:

  • Beer Line - From Barley to the Bottle: In Haymarket, the former 19th century cattle and grain markets, landscape artists from the NSW Government Architects office will install a beer production line, from growing grain through malting, brewing, fermenting and bottling
  • Green is Gold: Inspired by the unnecessary waste of non-biodegradable coffee cups, a group of UNSW architecture and town planning students artists will install towers of cups planted with flower and herb seeds that will grow during the three month installation
  • Urban Waterfall: Using flagging tape and solar powered spotlights, Seattle landscape architect, Kristi Park, will turn a blank wall on Redfern Street into a "canopied cathedral of colour"
  • Sydney! There's Something I've been Meaning to Tell You: Jessica Miley, a University of Adelaide architect, will remake the Customs House forecourt as a laundromat that lets Sydneysiders "come clean" selecting a laundered napkin, write down your "dirty secret" and "air it" with a peg on a hills hoist.
  • Walk the Line: On selected streets in the City CBD, a team from Melbourne architecture & design company Hassell will paint (in bio-degradable paint called "Eliminator', used in the Melbourne Olympics) a temporary line linking places of fun and play

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