Building Blocks is an urban experiment and a mobile public art sculpture, animating streetscapes around Circular Quay, the gateway to Sydney, and a vital part of the CBD. While Circular Quay is home to thousands of workers, and plays host to many visitors and tourists every day, street life is less than active - there are few places for people to linger, to connect, to enjoy the city and claim the streets as their own.
Building Blocks was designed to soften the edges of a part of Sydney that has the potential to be a warmer, more inclusive, more exciting place.
Building Blocks appeared daily from April 7 to 11, 2014. The sculpture was reconfigured in a new location in the precinct each day between 7am – 2pm, inviting workers, residents and visitors to stop, take a seat, play a game and start a conversation.
I collaborated with a fantastic creative team to deliver it: street artists, Jumbo and Bennett, colour masters Lymesmith, and architecture firm Fearns Studio. It's the first in a series of public art projects I plan to deliver around Circular Quay over the course of 2014, as part of a series of commissions by AMP Capital, building a conversation about how we imagine and use public space in this city.
Building Blocks offers a suggestion of what Circular Quay street life could feel like given a renewed focus on a generous, active, social public realm. It will become a place where people want to linger on the streets, meet friends and catch the sun, enjoy music, play games, eat lunch or work outdoors.