Marked by a mass of delicate flowers trailing the length of Wolf Lane, handcrafted by Japanese artist Junko Maruyama, Field of Ideas combined community engagement, laneway activation workshops and public art:
Ideas are Seeds for Change was a community survey and two-day workshop facilitated by FORM and Village Well, which prompted opinions and ideas concerning Perth’s positive and negative attributes, and looked at ways of bringing vibrancy into the city centre.
What is your Perth? was a community competition inviting people to visualise their own special Perth – the winning images were enlarged onto banners and strung across the rooftops of Wolf Lane.
Junko Maruyama’s installation was a continuum of her celebrated Silent Flower Field installations across Japan. FORM’s Artist in Residence for two weeks, Maruyama led workshops in which she taught people how to make her flowers - crafted from recycled plastic bags. The Silent Flower Field in Wolf Lane was the result of flowers made by over 100 children and adults from all walks of life.
Field of Ideas revealed Perth's uniqueness while capitalising on the experiences of other cities; the project was seeded through a similar engagement in Japan, facilitated by Professor John Worthington.
The installation, seen in Wolf lane from February 13-26 2008, blurred the line between artist and the public, between producer and consumer, recognising the potential inner creative within every citizen and every city.
For a full summary of Field of Ideas activities and outcomes, download the Urban Activation Progress Report.