This week in class we worked on a group mapping project. I always enjoy these sorts of projects because of how differently everyone understands the one brief. Using our research on Darlinghurst and the surrounding area for our pop-up exhibition, this informed each groups response to the task.
Our group created a delicate piece that used a lot of negative space, and showed Darlinghursts transition from being a dark space full of violence and crime, into a place that is vibrant and culturally colourful. My favourite map was one that explored the greenery that popped up on our daily travels, through cracks in concrete or through thought our tree plantings. They made little paper mountains which are always hard to resist!
Thinking about Darlinghurst and it's changes over the years made me think a lot about Newcastle and its similar situation. I spent quite a lot of time there when I still lived in the Hunter, and I was always puzzled by how one section of a street could feel so dangerous and dirty, and yet another part of the same street was like being a whole world away. There's quite the arts scene around there now (hello, T.I.N.A), and sometimes I miss being a part of something a little smaller. Sydney, you're just so darn big!