Northern Beaches Council, 2018
The local Community requested more natural light in Dee Why during the engagement process that formed part of ARTSCAPE’s Public Art and Placemaking Plan for Dee Why Town Centre - and indeed, the design of the 'ball fence'.
The history of Dee Why is fascinating, and rich with symbology to draw on during the design of bespoke urban elements for Walter Gors Park. For starters the area was once the site of an Italian market garden that provided fresh produce to the local Community. Dee Why was also once the home of a group of pioneering plein air painters, who were attracted to the ever-changing coastal light that bathes the Northern Beaches.
ARTSCAPE - equipped with these insights - combined them into the design of a play safe barrier for the local playground. The design references the idea of stacked produce pertinent to the Italian market gardens and notions of growth generally. Equally, the design aims to draw attention to local natural light conditions by reflecting it through the mirror finish surface of the balls back to the Community. A Community who, incidentally, requested more natural light in Dee Why during the engagement process that formed part of ARTSCAPE’s Public Art and Placemaking Plan, which visioned these and other artworks throughout the Town.
Northern Beaches Council
Public Art Curation
Landscape Architect: Tract Consultants
Landscape Contractor: Landscape Solutions