Phoenix Central Park
Artist – Blak Douglas
Client – Inner West Council
A site-specific Wayfinding artwork, referencing the Gadigal Wangal Lands in Sydney’s Inner West. Developed by Australian artist Blak Douglas. Paying homage to the aboriginal heritage and presence in the Inner West.
Blak Douglas conceptualised the installation with hand drawn botanical sketches, reflecting Gulgadya (Grass Tree), aboriginal flora.
Blak’s intention to provide a connection between the sculptures and the land was thoughtfully considered throughout the design and delivery process.
Tilt advised on design, materials and manufacturing processes to best express the concept and ensure a suitable durable outcome.
Tilt supported Blak Douglas with design development, engineering, fabrication management and installation of the three totem sculptures.
The three 2.5m tall sculptures stand as collective artworks and provide placemaking markers for the community and visitors to the Hawthorne reserve.
A range of different manufacturing techniques were employed to achieve the complex fabrication.
The totems were established with a mix of artisan fabrication techniques and modern architectural components.
The stainless mirror polish finish will provide long-lasting strength and durability to stand the test of time.
About the artist
Blak Douglas is a contemporary artist with proud Dhungatti Aboriginal origins. His works are culturally & politically charged with a sense of irony & hint of sarcasm. Trained in illustration and photography. Blak Douglas became self-practiced in painting.
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