Car Yard designers awarded funds for Form installation


Tom Griffiths, Scott Rossiter, Giuseppe Palmadessa and Hans Oerlemans won the Judges Choice prize at Form's Public 2016 Platform. Picture: Bewley Shaylor.
Tom Griffiths, Scott Rossiter, Giuseppe Palmadessa and Hans Oerlemans won the Judges Choice prize at Form's Public 2016 Platform. Picture: Bewley Shaylor.

AFTER Claremont’s first prototyping festival, creative organisation Form has awarded $20,000 to the Perth designers behind the installation called Car Yard.

Artists successfully submitted their ideas for the Public Platform festival in Claremont’s town centre this month, which aimed to create new ways for people to engage with art.

Car Yard was conceptualised by Anna Chauvel, Shlomit Strum, Hans Oerlemans, Mike Rowlands, Tom Griffiths, Rob Grandison, Scott Rossiter and Theo Valentine.

The team of landscape architects from Perth-based designer Place Laboratory transformed a ute into a playground with synthetic turf.

The concept revolved around combining traditionally private spaces such as cars and backyards into new social spaces.

San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts chief executive Deborah Cullinan, Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam judged the festival.

Car Yard created a public space that was many different things for so many different people – you could make your breakfast, share your story, play, dig and laugh,” Ms Cullinan said.

“It was playful, immediately understandable and accessible, garnered great response from the public and was very much of its place.”

Form chief executive Lynda Dorrington said the installation embodied the spirit of the festival.

“The first weekend of PUBLIC 2016 is showing that place activation is alive and well in the Claremont town centre,” Ms Dorrington said.

“At one point, there were 20 children and parents climbing in and all over the Ute.”