Redfern Park, Urban Art Projects and Fiona Foley, Sydney Australia, 2008

Urban Art Projects coordinated the design of a new playscape targeted at under-7s for Redfern Park in Sydney Australia, centered around sculptural play pieces by indigenous artist Fiona Foley.  Her components are proof that playground ‘equipment’ can be beautiful…

“Fiona gathered her reference material from walks throughout the local area, theming the play elements around native flora. The intention is to stimulate the imagination and senses as much as provide tangible cues to structured play activity.”

Most splash pads feature garishly brash plastic tubing; in this one the kids get drenched amongst cast stainless steel and bronze lotus flowers.  Their playhouses and bouncers are inspired by seed pods; and the aboriginal word for ‘creator’ in bright red letters is striking against the natural components and also acts as an additional climber.

All photos via Urban Art Projects.

See also a review of Redfern Park by some nomadic parents here, and also note their links to other great Australian play spaces.


One Response to “Redfern Park, Urban Art Projects and Fiona Foley, Sydney Australia, 2008”

  1. landartista said:

    These are beautiful! I love the natural lines and themes without being an exact replica of the item. This artist has a wonderful eye. The pieces are also safe and challenging in their simplicity without being risky. You can tell a lot of work went into this project. Beautifully done!


    May 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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