ST PETERS FENCES / current / SIMPSON PARK / 09.20 SYDNEY

Mike Hewson: St Peters Fences - St Peters

St Peters Fences 2020

40 x 20 x 6m approx.
Bricks, Structural Steel, various materials
St Peters

Mike Hewson: St Peters Fences - St Peters

St Peters Fences 2020

40 x 20 x 6m approx.
Bricks, Structural Steel, various materials
St Peters

Mike Hewson: St Peters Fences - St Peters

St Peters Fences 2020

40 x 20 x 6m approx.
Bricks, Structural Steel, various materials
St Peters

Mike Hewson: St Peters Fences - St Peters

St Peters Fences 2020

40 x 20 x 6m approx.
Bricks, Structural Steel, various materials
St Peters

Mike Hewson: St Peters Fences - St Peters

St Peters Fences 2020

40 x 20 x 6m approx.
Bricks, Structural Steel, various materials
St Peters

Info

ST PETERS FENCES, 2020 is a permanent public artwork commissioned by Westconnex/Transurban and in conjunction with Inner West Council for Simpson Park, St Peters. Front fences from the local area are carefully reconstructed 'brick for brick' from archive images of homes demolished in the last 30 years for infrastructure expansion projects - 'ghost fences' if you may. 

Fences of all shapes and sizes appear as if temporarily stockpiled in the park, all leaning as if on soft ground and linked together with old play equipment (monkey bars, planks etc). The casual 'backyard assemblage' aesthetic disguises the careful design undertaken to allow the sculpture park to be certified as a children's playground (including the remarkable innovation of 'bouncy concrete', an accessible rubber pathway throughout the park).

The bricks and sandstone were sourced locally, many from houses along Campbell Street adjacent to the park. Play equipment from the existing park were refurbished and included in the new design.