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GOWANBRAE SURVEY | INSTALLATION  FOR COMMUNITY CONSULTATION | MORELAND CITY COUNCIL | 2010

 

Long Survey

 

A project about sharing views, vision and local perspectives, Gowanbrae Survey was a site specific and participatory art installation developed for Moreland City Council. As part of the community consultation process for a permanent public artwork for the Gowanbrae Community Centre and park, the key objective was to encourage local connection to the project and to provide opportunities to gather stories that might influence the development of the brief which could be carried forward through the life of the project.

 

As a relatively recent housing subdivision within Moreland, Gowanbrae is a physically and socially secluded suburb, yet visually connected to a broader context due to its steep topography providing views to Moonee Ponds Creek, local railway bridge and Melbourne CBD.

 

survey walk

 

Gowanbrae Survey proposed to draw on these existing conditions and develop a series of telescopes or viewing devices that could act as creative platforms to prompt discussion with and about the Gowanbrae community: seeing in / out / within…

 

Placed in strategic locations during the one day community event and used as part of a walking procession through the site, these viewing devices ranged from professional surveying equipment (working with the language of subdivision / construction prevalent in the local area) to custom viewing devices assembled from a range of found objects – from mirrors, lenses and tripods to familiar domestic items.

device 2

 

While some viewing devices were designed for the individual to view through, others were developed for groups. Sight-lines ranged from the reflection of viewer’s eye to magnified views of other participants to views to neighbors and the surrounding suburban landscape beyond.

 

interaction 2

 

Feedback and ideas were captured via a paper ‘survey’ facilitated by Public Assembly and Cultural Value who had commissioned the project on behalf of Moreland City Council.