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Wild City

  • ArtPlay Gallery Exhibition until May 20, 2018  / This project was seeded by City of Melbourne through ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab  /  Video by Teagan Glenane

Wild City has been exhibited in the ArtPlay Gallery as a collaborative sculpture where children expressed their thoughts and ideas about creating animal habitats in urban spaces and cities. The project was concerned with providing an experience for learning, making and creative expression through a series of workshops for children that was based on real environmental issues. In the workshops, I provided a miniature sculptural city and introduced children to ideas of human and animal architecture and showed hybrid examples of co-existence. The children then drew, planted and constructed their ideas onto the mini city turning it into a lush green space that considered, and included wild animals as citizens in urban spaces. The city became a hybrid of human and animal habitat. The children’s work was curated into the final collaborative exhibition along with a video that captured descriptions of what they made and why it was important to them.

I was able to engage 15 Melbourne based urban ecologists, researchers and conservationists in the creation and delivery of this project. This clarified ideas on what challenges wild animals encounter in ever expanding human landscapes, and how these issues are currently being tackled. These specialists helped me to further my research in urban co-existence with the wild animal and connect it to the specifics of Melbourne. Many of them actively participated in the workshops with children, delivering interesting talks on species that live in the area and what they require as habitat.

Here is a link to the longer video (shown in the gallery)   Wild City Video – 7 mins    or watch the wrap up video below