For Lindisfarne North Primary School we addressed two key points that were raised at the site visit and used them to inform our conceptual framework. We have combined both ‘Nature play’ and ‘land regeneration’ to create a nature play sculpture garden that invites and inspires the children to engage with their natural environment in a creative and playful way. Natural elements such as seeds, shells, branches, leaves and cocoons have been used to inspire and inform the design of the sculptures, enabling us to create two sculptures and a placeholder box that are sympathetic to the core philosophy of outdoor learning and complementary to the landscape and local bushland. The proposed functional sculpture garden has been designed in accordance with the Australian playground equipment standards (AS4685) so that each object is safe for children to play on and interact with. Our vision was to create a multi-use sculpture garden that is functional, durable and educational. The thinking here is to create a space that will provide a range of possible micro experiences for both students and teachers. As the garden becomes more established over time, it will serve as an intimate space for storytelling, reading and relaxation for open classroom activities as well as being a place for play and creativity at morning tea and lunchtime.
Location: Lindisfarne North Primary School
Client: The Department of Education
Artist(s): Amanda Kay and Jerome Dobinson
Title: Nature Pods
Dimensions: Varying Sizes to 2m
Materials: Steel + Spotted Gum