Australian National University

Australian National University

Una by Wolfgang Buttress

 

Commissioned for the new medical science precinct in collaboration with Lyons Architects and astrophysicist Dr. Daniel Bayliss of ANU.  Una is a highly polished 4m diameter stainless steel sphere featuring 9,100 laser cut perforations which accurately map the stars visible to the naked eye in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, which are laser cut according to their luminosity.

The inner sphere reflects rays of light, adding a magical dimension to the artwork experience. Peering through the perforation of a single ‘star’ the viewer is suddenly captivated by a field of cosmic vision. The highly polished inner sphere reflects tiny rays of light filtering through the outer ball. Bouncing off the polished inner surfaces, the effect, at different times of the day, reveals a beautiful and entirely different universe.

Client:                                   Australian National University

Location:                              ANU Medical Precinct, Canberra ACT

Photography:                       Ben Wrigley

UNA expresses the essence of the immediate scientific, built and natural environment. It also asks questions about our relation with and suggests the enormity and untouchable presence of the stars. You can see but you cannot touch. We are contextual but also transient.” Wolfgang Buttress

ACT Law Courts

ACT Law Courts

Scribbly Gum by Jade Oakley

 

Creative Road worked with Australian artist Jade Oakley and Axolotl Art Projects to deliver a large scale artwork for the new ACT Law Courts. Jade’s artwork, Scribbly Gum references the local landscape and is integrated into a curvaceous balustrade wall.

The artwork comprises a series of wooden panels inspired by the curved, intersecting lines of Canberra’s iconic Scribbly Gum trees.  The curves also relate to the shape of the wall itself, which undulates and references the surrounding landscape.  Light is used in Scribbly Gum to create a visually dynamic artwork, as bright points of light appear to slowly weave their way through the curvaceous maze of scribbles. The gradual, glowing movement of these lights creates a sense of time passing and a feeling of calm, like watching a fire or shadows passing over the landscape.

Client:                   ACT Government

Location:              Canberra City, ACT

“The Scribbly Gum also lends the artwork a light touch as it reminds us of the wonder of nature, and nature’s sense of humour. The whimsical patterns on the scribbly bark bring to mind childhood, and time spent in the bush. It is a reminder of our native land, the place that grounds us and links us together. It is a symbol of the culture and landscape to which we belong.” Jade Oakley

Surfers Paradise Esplanade

Surfers Paradise Esplanade

All Eyes On Us: The Commonwealth Star by Stuart Green

 

All Eyes on Us, The Commonwealth Star, is a work by Perth based artist Stuart Green, installed as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Creative Road were engaged by City of Gold Coast to develop the artist brief, research suitable artists for the commission and manage the artist selection process.

Australian artists Nike Savvas, Lincoln Austin and Stuart Green were invited to prepare concept design proposals for the project.  While all artworks proposed were impressive, it was the gestural and dynamic work of Stuart Green which was ultimately selected by the panel to proceed.  Creative Road worked closely with Council and the artist over 6 months to deliver the artwork on budget and in a very tight time-frame.

Client:                   City of Gold Coast

Location:              The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise Gold Coast, QLD

Photography:       Callie Marshall

All Eyes on Us, The Commonwealth Star is a GC2018 commission through the City of Gold Coast and Queensland Government.

“A moment of spontaneous celebration when the Commonwealth’s attention turned to the Gold Coast. This star-like sculpture reflects the colours, bursting form and vitality of tropical flowers, along with surfboards that symbolise the vibrant coastal culture.” Stuart Green

1 Denison St, North Sydney

1, Denison St, North Sydney

 

Creative Road are working with Winten Property Group and Touchstone Partners to deliver public art for 1 Denison Street, North Sydney, a 37-level commercial office tower which will be the largest and tallest building within the North Sydney CBD. The premium, state-of-the-art development is positioned in the heart of North Sydney and will create a unique and attractive urban precinct integrated into the fabric of the North Sydney centre.

In collaboration with architects Bates Smart and landscape architects Aspect Studios, Creative Road will undertake a site analysis to determine potential artworks sites, materiality, scale and style. Working within North Sydney Council's public art guidelines, our team will prepare public art plans, artists briefs, oversee artist shortlisting processes and manage artwork fabrication and installation through to practical completion in early 2020.

 

Client:                   Winten Property Group

Location:              North Sydney, NSW

Home Of The Arts Gold Coast

Home Of The Arts

The Tower Project by MOMO

 

Renowned American artist MOMO and Creative Road were selected as the winning team in an international competition to deliver a new artwork for Home of the Arts (HOTA), the new cultural precinct on the Gold Coast.  Australian artists Georgia Hill and Elliott Routledge worked alongside MOMO to deliver the large scale work in just two weeks. The project was documented by filmmaker Selina Miles.

The project included MOMO teaching a Practical Geometry Workshop to 20 aspiring Gold Coast artists – all who were eligible for a mentorship and mural commission opportunity.  Gold Coast artist Katie Tooth was selected to develop an interior artwork concept for the HOTA’s interior under the guidance of MOMO and Creative Road.

Client:                   City of Gold Coast

Location:              HOTA, Gold Coast QLD

Photography:       Callie Marshall

"This region is gorgeous. As I adjusted to the sights and summer, I felt I had to make small adjustments in the mural, to be even sunnier and bolder, to try to match what I’ve seen. The fact that you can swim next to the mural is really next level." MOMO

NSW Forensic Medicine + Coroners’ Court

NSW Forensic Medicine + Coroners' Court

Mangrove by Jade Oakley

 

Mangrove is a suspended kinetic sculpture designed for the atrium foyer space of this important new civic building. In such a setting, it is important that the artwork responds to the gravitas of its environment. The sculpture will be visually harmonious, calming, peaceful, serving to welcome visitors to the court and improve the visual amenity for staff.

Towering ceilings and abundant natural light from the glass façade will be a striking feature of the Coroners Court foyer. Mangrove is designed to take full advantage of this natural light.

Mangroves are resilient trees, able to tolerate huge variations in salinity and temperature, coping with being flooded with sea water, living in waterlogged mud. Mangroves also shelter forms of life, providing a habitat for insects, crabs, molluscs and fish. Mangrove forests protect coastlines from erosion and storm damage.  Through the poetry of association with its namesake, Mangrove gains the connotations of resilience, shelter and protection.

The artwork is currently under construction and will be installed in late 2018.

Client:                                   Watpac

Location:                              Lidcombe NSW

“The artwork’s organic palette is reminiscent of mangroves and the estuarine flora of the Duck and Parramatta rivers. Ochres and greens have been allowed to blend and swirl together, reminiscent of river water.” Jade Oakley

Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass

Skywhale by Patricia Piccinini

 

Creative Road managed the temporary installation of Patricia Piccinini’s iconic sculptural balloon Skywhale as part of the Splendour in the Grass arts program.  The artist was excited by the opportunity to show her artwork to a new audience in a unique environment.

Skywhale provided a vibrant and memorable day and night experience for 30,000 festival goers. It generated curiosity, interest and conversations around nature, evolution, wonderment, tolerance – intuitively and playfully communicating these ideas in a highly accessible way.

Client:                                   Secret Sounds

Location:                              North Byron Parklands, NSW

Photography:                      Tao Jones

“The young Splendour audience had a special connection to Skywhale and Patricia’s work in general – thousands study and write about her art practice each year with her website attracting some 60,000 visitors every month.” Rebecca Townsend, Creative Road

Central Station Metro

Central Station Metro

Art Advisor + Program Delivery

 

Creative Road is part of the design team delivering Sydney Central Station’s $955m Urban Transformation, Australia’s largest commuter hub into a gateway for the new Sydney Metro network.  Laing O’Rourke with architecture firms Woods Bagot and John McAslan and Partners will be responsible for the $955 million renewal.

As the project’s public art consultants, Creative Road is working with Transport for NSW to implement the Central Station Metro public art strategy and manage the delivery of public art for the flagship station.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Client:                   Woods Bagot + Laing O'Rourke

Location:              Central Station, NSW

Central Station presents an opportunity to compliment the unique identity of the new design for the most important station in New South Wales.  Public art will reflect a transformation to the new in collaboration with the old.” Rebecca Townsend, Creative Road

Juanita Nielson Community Centre Sydney

Juanita Nielson Community Centre

Woolloomooloo by Locust Jones

 

In collaboration with Dominik Mersch Gallery, Creative Road worked with artist Locust Jones on the first textile public artwork to be commissioned by the City of Sydney.  Drawing upon aesthetics present in the artist’s professional practice the artwork concept was to create a hand painted linen curtain to cover a large mirror when not in use.

Imagery for the curtain was inspired by a series of artist-led collaborative drawing workshops as well as historical narratives including the centre’s namesake Juanita Nielson.  Five workshops were held; local children took inspiration from the landscape, buildings and Centre Point Tower.

Client:                                   City of Sydney

Location:                              Woolloomooloo, NSW

Photography:                       Silversalt Photography

The Juanita Nielson Public Art Curtain project began with research into Woolloomooloo: historical events, the life of Juanita Nielsen and the inhabitants of the area. This research revealed to me a vibrant place rich in stories, events and imagery.” Locust Jones

National Taiwan University Cancer Centre

National Taiwan University Cancer Centre

Kingdom of Butterflies by Jade Oakley

 

Jade Oakley’s latest kinetic mobile was commissioned for a long, double height, curved corridor at the heart of the new hospital.  Suspended above visitors’ heads, the artwork is uplifting and transformative, bringing to mind memories of time spent in nature.  The butterflies are painted in harmonious greens in a gentle colour gradation from turquoise to new growth green. 30 mobiles hang at a variety of heights so they appear to flutter along the corridor as through a meadow.

Butterflies are a symbol of transformation. In Chinese mythology, a green butterfly is a symbol of good and also represents love. This artwork takes its name from Taiwan, which is also known as the “Kingdom of Butterflies”. The butterflies in the mobile are inspired by the Catopsilia Pomona butterfly, which thrive abundantly in Taiwan.

Client:                                   Dimension Endowment of Art

Location:                              Taipei, Taiwan

“As the mobiles are designed to move, the effect of the butterfly installation will be one of gentle, constant movement, similar to watching the leaves of a tree flutter softly in the breeze, or dappled sunlight shifting in a garden. Observing gentle movement is a calming and meditative experience, which is appropriate for a place of healing.” Jade Oakley

Nepean Hospital Redevelopment

Nepean Hospital Redevelopment

Art Strategy + Program Delivery 

 

Creative Road are working with Health Infrastructure NSW on the art program for the $2b Nepean Hospital Redevelopment in Penrith NSW.  The Nepean arts and culture strategy is being developed in collaboration with BVN Architects to ensure art and architecture work in harmony.

Our aim is to develop art projects for the hospital which contribute to cultural, social and environmental sustainability.  Including artist professional development, capacity building, mentorships and staff creative educational opportunities.  We are liaising with local creative industries including The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Penrith Regional Gallery, University of Western Sydney and local artist studios and collectives.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2024.

Client:                   Health Infrastructure NSW

Location:              Penrith, NSW

“Art can affect every cell in the body to create a healing physiology that changes the immune system, a person’s perceptions, attitude, emotional state, and pain perception, creating hope and positivity.”   Journal of Arts & Health

Brisbane River Art Framework

Brisbane River Art Framework

 

Creative Road worked with Brisbane City Council to develop a dynamic framework and build a case for investment in public art outcomes along the inner reaches of the Brisbane River. Over six months and in close consultation with stakeholders, a connected series of public artworks and cultural experiences were developed and presented in The Brisbane River Art Framework report.

Our scope included researching international benchmarks and the creation of visualisations for each of the recommended projects. Our team included specialist tourism and wayfinding consultants. Recommendations included a diverse range of complimentary art projects to activate and uplift key sites along the project site. The framework was designed to assist Council in delivering a sophisticated and innovative public domain, distinguishing Brisbane as one of the world’s great creative cities.

Client:                   Brisbane City Council

Location:              Brisbane, QLD

“Culture adds a tremendous value to a city.  Very often that value is monetary, in terms of both cultural experiences as well as the effects on the surrounding areas… but that value goes even deeper than that; it defines us as an inclusive and innovative city.” World Cities Culture Report 2015

Elysium Byron Bay

Elysium

Art Strategy + Program Delivery

 

ELYSIUM transformed an unattractive Byron Bay CBD laneway through bold contemporary art, turning a generic service thoroughfare into a vibrant place with a unique identity. Featuring artwork by local nationally recognised artists, ELYSIUM showcases the Shire’s exceptional creative talent.  Sydney and Berlin artists also participated, collaborating with the local team, developing new creative alliances and opportunities.  Five aspiring artists were also provided with professional development skills through a mentorship program.

ELYSIUM creates a unique sense of place, improving safety, amenity and creating a light, bright and happy atmosphere.  A transformation project of this scale and calibre is a first for Byron Bay. It intentionally moved away from traditional imagery associated with the town to provide something entirely different – an immersive contemporary art experience.  The project was documented by filmmaker Selina Miles.

Client:                                   Byron Shire Council

Location:                              Lateen Lane, Byron Bay NSW

Photography:                       Callie Marshall and Tao Jones

“A dirty smelly lane is now a talked about and regularly visited connector in our town. Great work everyone.  I particularly like the road design and I feel a little naughty when I walk through the lane like I should not be there. Congratulations.” Chris Hanley Byron Bay First National Real Estate

One O'Connell St Sydney

One O'Connell St

Wintergarden by Jade Oakley

 

Wintergarden is a site specific kinetic artwork designed for the building’s unique atria. It provides an elegant and natural aesthetic, complimenting interior finishes and harnessing the natural sunlight within the space.  As sunlight shines through a glass ceiling above, the translucent mobile leaf shaped elements are illuminated like a stained glass window.

The artist’s aim was to achieve a sense of lightness. The design of the mobile echoes the splayed feathers of a bird’s wing or the shape of vine, fern, water and shell through pattern, repetition and variation of form. Like interlocking bird’s wings, the mobiles suggest ascent and through joyful colours and flamboyant composition they hint at celebration.

Client:                                   Lend Lease

Location:                              1 O’Connell St, Sydney NSW

Photography:                       Carolyn Price

This mobile is an acrobat, balanced balletic upon a single point. The deliberately oversized loops of the balance fittings between the cross pieces reference this association. The mobile carries a sense of the impossible; a small mobile in the rotunda balances a much larger mobile in the atrium.” Jade Oakley

Polaris North Sydney

Polaris North Sydney

Untitled by Leans

 

Creative Road were engaged by Parkview Constructions to prepare an artist shortlist and commission a contemporary urban art treatment for their Polaris development in North Sydney’s CBD.

Brisbane based artist Leans was selected for the commission and developed an artwork concept to transform the existing laneway into an interactive space. Through the use of optical illusions, the artwork morphs and twist with each step the viewer takes.

The hand painted artwork has been applied to wall and ceiling surfaces of the laneway and public thoroughfare of the rear of the Polaris building, integrated with doors, downpipes and other architectural elements in space.

Client:                                   Parkview Constructions

Location:                              154 Pacific Highway North Sydney

Photography:                      Silversalt

"The artwork collaborates with the building’s architecture and allows the existing structures to go beyond their previous identity. Through the use of optical illusions from specific standpoints, the piece morphs and twists with each step the viewer takes, engaging the notion of movement and progression. No matter what side/angle/lens/filter the public will look at the piece through, each person will be able to take something different from it and interpret in their own way." Leans

Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport

 

Australia Pacific Airports Melbourne engaged Creative Road to manage the commissioning of a $1m large scale kinetic artwork for a 1km site along Melbourne Airport’s new extension road – Airport Drive, Tullamarine.  Our role included preparing a strategy, artist shortlist and managing the artist selection process.

Australian artists Matthew Harding, Marion Borgelt, Simeon Nelson and Alexander Knox were engaged to prepare artwork concepts to create a sense of place and narrative for the area. Matthew Harding’s work Volare was selected as the winning concept however the project was suspended due to funding issues.

Client:                   Australia Pacific Airports Melbourne

Location:              Melbourne, VIC

We all wish to fly in some way… body, mind, spirit…my concept offers a metaphor for our transit, our comings and goings, our arrivals and destinations and our greater journey throughout life. Airports are portals to other worlds, other people, places and time. They are windows that offer a different view to the world we inhabit and are familiar with. They are as much a gateway to our city as they are a gateway to the imagination.” Matthew Harding

1000 La Trobe St

1000 La Trobe St

 

Poly Australia are developing a site within the Digital Harbour precinct of Docklands as a 23 storey commercial building with a 5 storey podium. The project is located at 1000 La Trobe Street and sits directly opposite the AFL Docklands (Marvel) Stadium. Creative Road are delivering two major commissions as part of a $2m art program in collaboration with Architects Woods Bagot and Landscape Architects GBLA and in response to Development Victoria’s integrated art guidelines. Our aim is to deliver complimentary, contemporary and finely crafted artworks which flow seamlessly from interior to external spaces.

 

Client:                   Poly Australia

Location:              Melbourne Docklands

Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne

Sky Garden by Jade Oakley

 

Jade Oakley was commissioned to produce her largest and most ambitious public artwork to date for the Royal Children’s Hospital main foyer and atrium.  Technically challenging, at nine and a half meters across by four meters high and comprising five mobile elements, the work is 50 times the size of the artist’s model and is fabricated from stainless steel and hand painted perforated aluminium. The Hospital was awarded the most prestigious prize in the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards: The Premier Award for Interior Design Excellence and Innovation.

Client:                          Lend Lease

Location:                     Flemington Rd Melbourne, VIC

Photography:              Mike Baker

“The artwork creates a sense of mapping through the aerial view of the Bay’s topography to engender a strong sense of place. The boat-studded water cradled between the two great trees is a reminder of the harbour, so close yet not visible from the heart of Double Bay.” Jade Oakley

NCA Creative Place Strategy

NCA Creative Place Strategy

 

The National Capital Authority (NCA) engaged Creative Road to prepare a Place Making Activation Strategy for key sites located within the Parliamentary Zone in Canberra. The objective was to research and identify opportunities and potential partnerships to enhance the role of these open spaces as world class cultural destinations.

Creative Road's role included facilitating a creative lab to workshop ideas and collaborations with key stakeholders.  Our strategy included creative and easily implementable activation concepts for priority sites. Projects were detailed and illustrated and benchmarked by Australian and international projects.

Client:                   National Capital Authority

Location:              Canberra, ACT

“The NCA performs a special role as the trustee of the National Capital and is responsible for administering and reviewing the National Capital Plan, the object of which is to ensure that Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory are planned and developed in accordance with their national significance.” NCA website

North Sydney CBD

North Sydney Entry

Missing Corners by Daniel Templeman

 

Missing Corners is a striking new entrance statement for North Sydney, a prominent painted metal and timber sculpture which welcomes passing commuters coming off the Cahill Expressway and Sydney Harbour Bridge. With the soft surface of the timber panels and the open triangular structures, pedestrians are encouraged to take time out, enter, sit and contemplate the work. The simple aesthetic references the interior furnishings of the former church, whilst sitting in contrast to the surrounding buildings of glass and steel.

Creative Road managed an open EOI process, oversaw artist selection and project managed artwork delivery through to installation.

Client:                                   North Sydney Council

Location:                              Pacific Highway, North Sydney NSW

Photography:                       Silversalt Photography

“Where the triangles meet the corners are missing, this creates a singular form that runs in a continuum. Large metal beams are tensioned over many meters, imbuing the artwork with a sense of mystery or impossibility.” Daniel Templeman

Geelong Westfield

Geelong Westfield

The Banksia and the Butcher Bird by Al Stark

This work is inspired by flora and fauna native to the Geelong area - the Silver Banksia and the Grey Butcherbird. Al’s concept is designed to restore a sense of wonder and beauty to the busy laneway entry, inspired by nature and translated for a modern urban setting.

Creative Road were engaged to research suitable artists for the site, present a shortlist for consideration and manage artwork delivery through to completion.

Client: SCentre Group

Location: Geelong, VIC

“I intentionally left space in the work to bring forward the brickwork rather than disguise it.  The super bright reds and oranges used were designed to make the work pop off the wall” Al Stark

River St Woolworths Ballina

River St Woolworths Ballina

Someone's Always Watching You by Digby Moran

 

Aboriginal artist Digby Moran was commissioned for a Woolworths development in his home town of Ballina.  Moran’s paintings, inspired by his Bundjalung heritage were reinterpreted with help of designer Alex Polo. Two paintings were transformed into a suite of corten steel artwork elements and integrated into the new building façade as window screens and louvres.

Client:                          Woolworths

Location:                     River St, Ballina NSW

Photography:              Tao Jones

“As a boy growing up on an island in the Richmond River a wise old spiritual man once told me “no matter what you do someone’s always watching you”. I never really knew what he meant, but now I’m older and wiser I can see for myself what he was trying to tell me. It was his way of telling me that my ancestors’ spirits will always be with me and around me in everything I do in life.” Digby Moran

Melbourne Docklands

Melbourne Docklands

Blowhole by Duncan Stemler

 

Standing 15 metres high, Blowhole is one of Australia’s largest kinetic artworks – a mesmerising sight with hundreds of anodised aluminium moving parts. It is a powerful combination of complex engineering and art.  In collaboration with Axel Arnott, Creative Road’s Rebecca Townsend was contracted by Sculpture by the Sea to project manage this major artwork.

Client:                          Melbourne Docklands Authority

Location:                     Blowhole Park Playground, Docklands VIC

"As the wind blows through, armature and cups interact with each other to form a multitude of patterns, colours and shadows. The LED lighting in each coloured “cup” ensures the artwork comes alive at night." Rebecca Townsend, Creative Road

The Byron At Byron Resort

Byron At Byron Resort

Art Strategy + Project Delivery

 

Inspired by the dramatic rainforest surrounding the resort, 64 interior wall sculptures by Northern NSW artists Melissa Hirsch, Teah Fort and QLD artist Stephen Newton were commissioned for each room.  An entrance sculpture depicting a group of indigenous children, First Coming by Sydney artist Michael Snape has been installed within the entrance garden. This work is leased and available for acquisition.

Client:              The Byron at Byron Resort

Location:         Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay NSW

“Your involvement has added another dimension to our projects – creative eyes, professional working manner and artist connections. We have been able to develop new ideas with the safe working knowledge that we have a professional team working with us to ensure an exceptional product.” - Penny Campbell, Haysom Architects

The Bali Memorial

The Bali Memorial

Memorial to the Victims of the Bali Memorial by Sasha Reid

 

This bronze memorial sculpture is dedicated to those killed and injured in the 2002 Bali terrorist attack. Unveiled by the NSW Premier on the first anniversary of the bombings it has become a significant site of remembrance in Sydney and is the site of an annual ceremony to honour the victims and their families. Creative Road’s Rebecca Townsend was contracted by Sculpture by the Sea to curate and project manage this significant Sydney memorial.

Client:                          Randwick City Council

Location:                     Dolphins Point, Coogee NSW

Photography:              Louise Beaumont

"I hope the simple gesture that I've made with this artwork will touch the families and is able to give them some sort of solace." Sasha Reid

Water Walls Gold Coast

Water Walls

Art Strategy + Program Delivery

 

Water Walls is a collection of nine contemporary urban artworks on public infrastructure buildings including sewer pump station buildings, water reservoirs and recycled water tanks. Creative Road developed the curatorial framework, proposed appropriate artists and managed artist briefing, selection and project management through to completion.

Artists included Kiel Tillman, Luke Day, Danni Simpson, Sarah Beetson and Go Suga, Leans, Frank and Mimi, Sophia Mary Mac and Andrew Dennis. The project was installed over three weeks and documented by filmmaker Jack Birtles.

Client:                   City of Gold Coast

Location:              Various Locations, Gold Coast QLD

Photography:       Callie Marshall

“The artist brief required integrated artwork concepts specific to the building they were painting.  Integration was also about responding to the themes and stories that are important to the region and the existing meaningful characteristics of a place. Artists were asked to consider the stories that could be told, the curatorial framework and the surrounding natural environment.” Rebecca Townsend, Creative Road

ELS Hall Park Playground North Ryde

ELS Hall Park Playground North Ryde

Habitat Cubbies by Jade Oakley

 

Habitat Cubbies are climbable sculptures inspired by nature and by the way children interact with their environment. The artwork is both a place for adventurous play and a habitat for imaginative children, honeycombed with cocoon-like spaces to curl up in. The sculptural form is inspired by native flora and habitat logs. Imaginative play is encouraged by the organic, abstract form of the artwork which does not have a prescriptive function.

The concept of connection is integral to the work. The cubbies are situated in a giant nest formed by logs laid over each other on the ground. These logs form pathways for the children to climb along, and integrate the cubbies within the environment. Through organic shapes and natural colours the cubbies are intended to connect children to the natural world. Inspired by the forms and colours of the Australian bush, the cubbies serve to connect the playground to the remnant turpentine ironbark forest on site.

Client:                                   City of Ryde

Location:                              Kent Rd, North Ryde NSW

Photography:                      Carolyn Price

“As part of the community engagement process, I directed workshops on site with local children. The children were able to meet native animals that live on the site, such as a diamond python, ring tailed possum and water dragon.  Older children built nesting boxes and listened to a talk from a habitat ecologist. Working with the children to create animal habitats linked conceptually back to my original intention with the playground; to make a habitat for adventurous children.” Jade Oakley

North Sydney Public Art Master Plan

North Sydney Public Art Master Plan

 

The North Sydney Public Art Masterplan was initiated by North Sydney Council as part of their vision to shape a progressive, vibrant and diverse North Sydney community.  Creative Road were engaged to provide expertise in reviewing current and potential artwork sites, recognising the different integrated layers and requirements of the project; heritage interpretation, place making, wayfinding, cultural development, cultural tourism and economic development.

Following community consultation, site survey and documentation review, a detailed report was delivered with recommendations for the project’s future development.  Creative Road also provided advice on management of artist selection processes, including review of procurement processes to better suit the commissioning of public artworks.

Client:                   North Sydney Council

Location:              North Sydney, NSW

“The aim of the masterplan is to enhance identity and sense of place. The stories, histories and future development of North Sydney will inform the development of artistic concepts which resonate with the area’s cultural identity.” Rebecca Townsend, Creative Road

Byron Central Hospital

Byron Central Hospital

Art Strategy + Program Delivery

 

Creative Road delivered a broad program of site specific artworks by Northern River’s artists for the new Byron Central Hospital.  The art program’s aim was to provide a welcoming and healing environment for patients, families and staff. Our intention was to deliver a complimentary series of contemporary artworks, creating a unique identity and sense of place for the new hospital. Artworks were designed to inspire healing and convey a love of the natural environment.

Commissioned artworks included a large oil painting Bush Healing which is a feature of the main reception area. In it artist Hobie Porter depicts a wetland at Tyagarah Nature Reserve and botanical portraits of bush medicines from the Byron Shire. The Gratitude of Being is an outdoor seating artwork at hospital’s main entrance by Indigenous artist Francis Belle Parker. Its imagery reflects the local landscape as well as honouring the importance of Arakwal country.

A short documentary about the art program was created by local filmmaker Andy Bambach.

Client:                   Health Infrastructure NSW

Location:              Byron Bay, NSW

Photography:       Louise Beaumont

“Melaleuca lakes have been used as healing places by the people of this region for a very long time. The leaves of the paperbark family stain the waters with their medicinal tannins. My painting depicts a wetland at Tyagarah Nature Reserve and contains botanical portraits of bush medicines from the Byron Shire.”  Hobie Porter

Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment

Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment

Art Strategy + Program Delivery

Creative Road has developed a strategy to guide the delivery of an art program for the final stages of the Dubbo Hospital redevelopment.  The project vision is to deliver a leading regional arts in health program unique to Dubbo and its catchment area communities. The program will be a curated complimentary arts and cultural experience which promotes health, healing and a safe and welcoming environment for patients, staff and visitors. Dubbo is a major referral hospital which sits within the largest LHD covering a third of the state of NSW.

Creative Road’s approach has included looking at how the art program can contribute to the whole identity of the hospital campus, imbuing it with a unique identity and sense of place. Integrating art into hospital’s spaces, adding a layer of beauty and narrative to the concept of wellness.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2021.

Client:                   Health Infrastructure NSW

Location:              Dubbo, NSW

“14.8% of people residing in Dubbo are either Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. Due to the large catchment area of the hospital, the percentage of Aboriginal patients is much higher - with approximately 30% of babies born at Dubbo Hospital identified as Aboriginal.  This has been a key driver in the art program development to ensure inclusivity and cultural appropriateness.” Rebecca Townsend, Creative Road

Kiaora Lands Redevelopment

Kiaora Lands Redevelopment

The Bay by Jade Oakley

 

Jade Oakley was engaged to design a signature artwork feature for a new shopping precinct, a joint venture between Woolworths and Woollahra Council. Jade’s design, a 144 square metre sculptural building façade depicts an abstracted interpretation of Double Bay’s iconic geography.

Client:                          Woolworths

Location:                     Kiaora Lane Double Bay, NSW

Photography:              Carolyn Price

“The artwork creates a sense of mapping through the aerial view of the Bay’s topography to engender a strong sense of place. The boat-studded water cradled between the two great trees is a reminder of the harbour, so close yet not visible from the heart of Double Bay.” Jade Oakley