The design for the Dandenong Muncipal Building project public plaza, ‘Alterations’, is a landscape design/public art work comprising a ground pattern and poetic inscriptions developed with Lyons Architects and RushWright landscape architects as part of the Dandenong Municipal Buildings, Library and Civic Square project, and completed 2014.
The name ‘Alterations’ refers to the alterations services offered by many local garment retailers, tailors and mixed apparel services. It is taken to signify a cross-cultural/ethnic commitment to creative community evolution, expressed in new forms of sociability. The ground pattern for the new Civic Square is a translation of topographical, clothing and locally-sourced patterns into a design that reconfigures the local ground as a giant body in motion or choreography.
The ground pattern incorporates foundational inscriptions and is proposed as a creative template for commissioning cultural events. As an illustration of its potential ‘Alterations: the Exhibition’ (Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong) recently showcased dance works, sculptural and graphic work and a new ‘post-graffiti’ film, all inspired by the story behind the pattern.