Views by Walsh Bay
Bringing history to life
The Objectives of this wayfinding project were to create a modernised system that aimed
to not only educate the viewer about the area's history but to bring life back to an old and somewhat forgotten area of Sydney. The project also aimed to highlight the natural beauty
of the surrounding environment and to use artistic elements to intrigue and engage the audience.
The original problem with the current wayfinding system was that it was a purely
functional and basic government-designed system, and was not at all a visitor-friendly
system. Since the area of Walsh bay is already hidden due to the surrounding buildings,
the use of a government-run system resulted in a lack of visitors to the area as the minimal signage and plain design failed to both attract people to the area and educate them about what the area had to offer or that it even existed as it was off the beaten path.
This new system, titled Views by Walsh bay, explored the concept of combining the natural environment with the area’s industrial history. Through the use of art, colour, and projections, the system aims to attract the viewer and lead them on an educational and fun journey that not only reveals hidden views but unlocks stories of a world long gone.
Through this whole project, I still wanted to give the viewer a sense of control over how they choose to experience a place. I believe that through this new system, Visitors will not only be able to discover/re-discover this area but be given the choice to explore it in their own way, without the restriction of a single designated route.