Placemaking is a term used to describe our focus on the social and cultural importance of creating lively neighbourhoods and inviting public spaces where people want to live, work and play.
Landcom is committed to building a sense of place and community from day one of the development of Metro Northwest Places by providing public spaces (pocket parks), public art, community events and more. By activating the public spaces around the Metro stations, we hope to help create a sense of neighbourhood and belonging while the actual developments are created over time.
Place activation creates a sense of place, encourages social connections, improves safety and brings life to the streets. Activations will include art, food, play, performances and community events. Activation projects bring energy to the streets, create new community connections and build the story of a place.
We have created an ‘activation space’ (temporary pocket park pictured) at Tallawong, with another to come at Bella Vista Metro station later in 2019. Over the coming years, we will work with local communities to use the ideas and inspiration of the people who live and work locally now and those who may be the communities of the future, to create events and activities in these temporary pocket parks and other Metro Northwest locations.
The vision for the Art Activation Project in the Metro Northwest Precincts is for artworks that are memorable, distinct and powerful, providing an enhanced experience of place. Landcom worked with Art Curator Amanda Sharrad to source a range of artists who are activating the places surrounding Northwest stations with contemporary, bold and innovative artwork in order to inspire, invigorate and announce Northwest Places.
Artists nationally and internationally were invited to respond to an Expression of Interest to have their art used along the hoardings of the Metro Northwest Places development sites. The result was the commissioning of five talented and inspiring artists who have provided works in each precinct that enhance the visitor experience of the sites.
Large-scale artworks across site hoardings at Tallawong, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Hills Showground and Cherrybrook have been installed for the community to enjoy. Read more about the artists who are working with us and their artworks below.
Tallawong artwork by Ghostpatrol
Tasmanian born, Melbourne-based artist Ghostpatrol practice is grounded in a passion for drawing and sketching. He has always been split between street-based works, including temporary sculptures and installations, and that of a contemporary studio-based practice that culminates in regular exhibitions in prominent private and public institutions across Australia and internationally.
The whimsical and innocent nature of his work seemingly opposes his conceptual concerns with metaphysics, quantum physics, cosmology and futurism.
About the artwork - Living and Dreaming in this City
The artwork explores the network of all living things in this place and bridges the gap between the built and the living world. Plants and creatures are interwoven with people from all corners of our globe – playing, wandering, dreaming and exploring. The work represents discovery and adventure and encourages us to find a destination yet travelled.
Tallawong artwork by Jason Wing
Jason Wing is a Sydney-based artist who strongly identifies with his Chinese, Aboriginal and Australian heritage. Wing began as a street artist and has since expanded his practice to incorporate photomedia, installation painting and public art, influenced by his tri-cultural upbringing. Wing has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world, is collected nationally and internationally and is the recipient of major awards. Wing produced his inaugural public artwork, the well-loved “In Between Two Worlds” in Sydney’s Chinatown in 2011.
About the artwork - Pemulwuy "Butu Wargun" (Crow, lawman)
Pemulwuy was an Aboriginal leader who united many clans around the Sydney area to fight for his people against the British. Legend tells us that Pemulwuy was a magic man and escaped imprisonment by transforming into a crow. “Butu Wargun” means “crow” and “lawman”: it represents the strength of Aboriginal people and the power of transformation.
Kellyville artwork by Jan van der Ploeg
Jan van der Ploeg (1959, Amsterdam) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and Croydon College of Art in London and was a resident at the Rijksakademie vanBeeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. In 1990, van der Ploeg was awarded the Royal Award for Modern Painting. He has exhibited his work extensively in both solo and group exhibitions in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
About the artwork - Untitled 2019
Playing with patterns, shapes and repetition, the artwork is an anchor to the unlimited potential of structures and shapes in our world. The organisation and balance arises from experimenting with the building blocks of basic forms, and creates order out of chaos. We’re drawn into this striking, well balanced artwork that is a playful contrast to the surrounding environment.
Bella Vista artwork by Sam Songailo
Sam Songailo's work takes form in painting, installation, video, sound and sculpture. He is deeply influenced by digital technology and electronic music adopting algorithms and concepts from these disciplines that shape his approach to both physical and pictorial space. Often highly immersive and realised on a monumental scale, his work accentuates the compositional elements of line and space in a form that recalls both the modernist grid and digital networks. Songailo has exhibited throughout Australia and the USA, delivered a number of public artworks and been the recipient of numerous grants and awards.
About the artwork - Pastel Shadow
The monumental artwork is striking from a distance and up close. By integrating the artwork and coloured lighting into the environment, the artist connects us with the surrounding area and creates an immersive experience that enriches the site. A sense of place is created in which a shared space comes to life for the community.
Hills Showground artwork by Georgia Hill
Georgia Hill is an Australian artist, specialising in contemporary, often site-specific artworks that combine bold, monochromatic textures and lettering within experimental compositions. Hill’s works have spanned areas ranging from small inner-city walls to 400ft abandoned buildings including in locations as diverse as India, New Zealand, Iceland, The United States, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, and across Australia’s states. Hill creates her works from hand generated sketches, which are then realised as painted, printed and fabricated final artworks.
About the artwork - See It, Be Here
This artwork anticipates personal and collective change, development, growth and community. Some sections of the artwork are bold and obvious, while others have words camouflaged in the black and white line detail. The artist invites us to discover the hidden words which eventually becomes visible to reveal an inspiring, positive message.
Cherrybrook artwork by Timothy Harland
Timothy Harland studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at CoFA (2000 - 2003) in Time Based Art. Harland is a photographer interested in capturing and presenting landscapes, both natural and manmade, in non-traditional ways.
He is particularly interested in panoramic and large-scale photography, and attempts to include both distance and time in images, to record the experience of taking the photograph in the photograph itself.
About the artwork - Everything New Is Old Again
The Helensburgh Tunnels were built in 1889 as part of the original Illawarra steam train line that connected Sydney to the south. When abandoned thirty years later, nature soon reclaimed the site with creeping vines and tree ferns. Although modern for their time, the tunnels represent the evolution of technology past, present and into the future.
Local activation spaces
Located next to the new Tallawong Metro station is an outdoor local activation space (temporary pocket park) for residents, commuters and community groups to use. The pocket park is for everyone and provides shade, seating and play space.
If you wanted to consider a new location for your community group to hang out, the park can also accommodate use by small groups for passive activities such as Mothers groups, book clubs, cycling groups and knitting groups. We invite community groups to contact us at Metro Northwest Places on 1800 712 292 to enquire about use and how we can work with you on activating the space.
Another temporary pocket parks will be in place at Bella Vista before the end of the year. These temporary spaces will be in place for some years while surrounding developments are being delivered by our development partners. Some of these public spaces will move to nearby locations in the coming years, and we'll let you know before any of these changes happen.
There will be a range of events and activities for local communities and businesses to enjoy in these new spaces. We will also be providing a range of mobile food and beverage vendors who will be situated in the pocket parks. We will be changing the selection of food and beverage regularly so you can always look forward to something new!
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