Public Artwork Sculpture - Olinda Forest Playground

Since August last year I’ve been working on a large public artwork sculpture to be installed at the new Olinda Forest Playground, the first phase of the Olinda Precinct Plan at the old Olinda Golf Course. Commissioned by Victoria State Government, Parks Victoria, Yarra Ranges Council, and Frisby Fitzgerald Landscape Architects, with the site built and managed by Exterior Concept Landscapes.

There are three two metre high discs designed to sit in the landscape, as if emerging out of the ground like the hills you can see in the distance. The colours and patterns are site specific, and I’ve spent many hours designing and refining the six panels which have been etched into aluminium, expertly made by the team at Lump Studio. Special thanks must go to Chris Vassallo and his incredible team for allowing me to paint on site at their factory in Fairfield.

 

I also want to thank Anna O’Sullivan and Mark Frisby from Frisby Fitzgerald Architects, who gave me the creative freedom to experiment with a new medium and trusted me. They have designed an amazing space - not just sand, rocks, water, slides and swings, but included art as well.

 

I would like to acknowledge that this artwork sits on traditional Wurundjeri land and pay my respect to the elders both past and present.