Fresh Take on Ugly Construction

Fresh Take on Ugly Construction
Arts & Culture
Claudia Cukrov
  • 9 march 2009

Unsightly construction scaffolding could soon be a thing of the past for Sydneysiders.  Under the new City of Sydney plan, scaffolding typically covered in construction mesh may soon be replaced with large images and artworks.  A few Sydney construction sights have already ‘wrapped’ their scaffolding.  Westfields Pitt Street Mall development drew on bright artworks from the Museum of Contemporary Art; whereas the historic Myer site of Market and George St took a subtler direction, replicating a scale image of itself over the construction.

City of Sydney spokesman explains the plan:

Current industry practice is to use green or black mesh on the outside of scaffolding, which reduces dust and debris falling from the work site but often detracts from the … streetscape.

One of the key changes is the introduction of urban design requirements for graphic wraps around the outside of buildings in prominent localities or where scaffolding will be in place for significant periods of time.

To cover costs, building owners may place small advertisements amongst the images.

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