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Monument Park is an artist led collaborative public project that integrates sculptural, architectural and landscape elements into a cohesive interactive social space.

Docklands is in need of community infrastructure to enliven its public spaces, reinvigorate its retail edge, reinforce its connection back to the CBD and build proper communities. This public park will offer new ways for this to be achieved by providing a place that is symbolically rich, playful and functional. It can be used by a broad range of both the permanent and temporary community in the Docklands and suggests a new civic focus for the development of public art projects.

Monument Park is an integrated and trans-disciplinary artist led project involving architecture, engineering, planning, lighting design and landscape architecture. Situated in the Docklands precinct in Melbourne, it is a 2000m2 area of urban space that is simultaneously a sculpture garden and a public park where the sculptures also act as types of interactive architecture providing shelter and spaces to play in. Monument Park uses 3D scanning and CNC techniques to produce large-scale sculptural forms that blend with the landscape. It contributes to knowledge about new forms of digital and experimental arts by synthesizing expanded studio research with pioneering advances in digital computing, engineering, and landscape architecture. The project has transformed production methods for GRC environments based in the small community of Rosedale. GRC environments invested in a 6 axis CNC router to realise the project, one of only 5 machines of this type in the country.

Investigator
Professor Callum Morton

Collaborating organisations
MAB Corporation
McBride Charles Ryan (MCR)
Oculus

Consultants
Upgrade Commercial Interiors
C5 Systems
Candlestick

Team members
André Bonnice
David Greco

Monument Park

Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park
Monument Park

Aerial render of Monument Park. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park
Monument Park

Scanning 'Marquis of Linlithgow'. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park

Six-axis robot positioning. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park
Monument Park

'Pathfinder' foam model. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park

Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park
Monument Park

'Burke and Wills' production. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park

Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park

Perspective view. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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'Vault' render. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park

Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park
Monument Park

'Vault' working drawing showing lighting conduits. Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

Monument Park

Image courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery.

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