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What you want to do in the public space and why?

An installation that references our relationship with nature and water. When you look at a map of Darwin the water is so dominant, it becomes instantly obvious that we are on a peninsula. However, if you’re in the CBD you can easily go an entire day without seeing the water, we’ve done an unfortunately good job of turning our back on the water. Tropical architecture, the original Darwin houses, invited the tropical environment in. The sound of rain pelting down on a corrugated iron roof, the sight of the tropical garden, the sound of water gushing off the end of the gutter, these are unique sensory experiences to Darwin. However, this is not something that is a part of everyone’s tropical experience, if you are staying in a hotel you, especially, will not have the opportunity to interact with these elements. This installation aims to create a place in which people can see and hear how water is such a key part of Darwin living. The installation will be a lightweight structure covered in colourful hard-wearing plants. As people moved under the structure the sound of rain on a corrugated iron roof will play through the space. The structure will be colourful and lit from the inside out to be seen at night.

How you will make this project happen?

Site investigation – looking for paths that are avoided due to lack of protection and that have the potential to connect into existing water infrastructure. Work with building/property owners and fabricator to establish appropriate construction and fixing. Engage Larrakia people to consult on stories of water and advise on appropriate planting. Engage a sound designer to capture these sounds of the territory.

When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?

February - site investigation, Larrakia engagement, research March - permissions, licensing, design development, engage fabricator April - final design for approval and fabrication May - fabrication June - install October - removal

What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?

Permission of potential building/property owners. Permits from the City of Darwin. Permissions/licenses for sound recordings.

How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?

The design team is made up of expertise in architecture, urban design and installation art. This collective expertise will allow us to be across all stages of delivery for this project. Partnerships will need to be researched and developed with potential construction companies such as; Helping People Achieve, Gumatj Corporation, Ironbark Aboriginal Corporation etc. The design team will develop existing relationships with local Larrakia people to determine cultural authority throughout the project.

How will you know your project is successful?

When there is an increase in use of the pathway where the installation exists.

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