Laneways By George! Hidden Networks
As part of a series of temporary urban art interventions
taking place in the City of Sydney, The Infinity Forest
is a green oasis amongst the hard, vertical walls of
Penfold’s and Hosking Place.
Normally used as a shortcut or smoking area, this
forgotten alley was transformed by a burst of
concentrated nature. In the space between fire escapes,
vehicle ramps and back door entrances, you stumble upon
tough timber walls that conceal a forest within.
Entering this intimate urban living room, you discover
yourself captured in an infinite view of a silver
birch forest, where you can pause and reflect on
the city above.
Eight exciting and innovative proposals were
selected by Curator and urban designer Dr
Steffen Lehmann and the Evaluation Panel. The
proposed Laneways By George! 2009 - Hidden
Networks temporary artworks were installed
for the City of Sydney’s Art & About
event in October 2009 - January 2010.
The timber used for the project was 100% recycled
FSC Ironbark. It was originally used for the piers
of the Melbourne Docklands and featured a heavily
figured texture due to many years of salt water submersion.
As a temporary installation, the structure was designed to be
recycled once again. This was achieved by trimming all timbers
to standard timber yard lengths so they could be returned to
the timber yard and resold without any significant loss of material.
As a result, the structural expression was a pure "stack" of
150x25 timbers that were individually screwed to each other, with no
additional framing being required.