Parramatta Square Interpretation

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Client

City of Parramatta Council

Services

Interpretation/Art
Strategy

Sector

Government

SUPERSENSE created interpretation design for Parramatta Square – an ambitious revitalisation project for the centre of Parramatta. The space is an important public domain and central hub to introduce key stories of Parramatta’s rich heritage.

SUPERSENSE is working with specialist craftspeople to ensure interpretation is embedded in the architectural and landscape fabric of this place, not as a superficial layer. This aligns with SUPERSENSE’s philosophy and approach to interpretation design for place: thorough research and consultation to provide outcomes and experiences that truly connect to people and create a sense of place.

SUPERSENSE has been intimately involved in consultation with Aboriginal and community stakeholders — actively workshopping ideas, stories to be told and how they should be told. This process is undertaken to ensure interpretive outcomes are intrinsically linked to community and Aboriginal stakeholders, establishing significant ownership by all parties.

SUPERSENSE’s approach created a library of graphic elements, from more literal artworking of historical photos to illustrated elements to abstract symbols, to use for different types of interpretation, while maintaining a consistent material language to tie everything together.

The project included historic stories on granite seating, symbolic representations in granite paving, “On Country” Markers across multiple pavers, archaeological markers, and a continuous representation of a convict-built town drain stretching across the entire site.

Collaborator

JMD Landscape Architects

Photography

SUPERSENSE
The interpretation aims were to embed meaning in the environmental fabric and reveal layering of stories over time.
SUPERSENSE ensured the interpretation elements for Parramatta Square fitted seamlessly with the new modern urban public domain, through a clever range of etchings and metal details, that in themselves, are beautiful and insightful.
Michelle Desailly
Interpretation Manager, City of Parramatta
The interpretation aims were to embed meaning in the environmental fabric and reveal layering of stories over time.
SUPERSENSE ensured the interpretation elements for Parramatta Square fitted seamlessly with the new modern urban public domain, through a clever range of etchings and metal details, that in themselves, are beautiful and insightful.
Michelle Desailly
Interpretation Manager, City of Parramatta