Campbell Street, St Peters
The work celebrates the cultural significance of brick for the local community.
Gordon Young’s work Down To Earth creates a Writers Walk along a section of Campbell Road, St Peters. In a series of seven text-based sculptures, the Writers Walk presents a diverse mix of found and original, historical and contemporary texts including lyrics, poetry, diaries and stories.
The work celebrates the cultural significance of brick for the local community. Constructed from bespoke handmade bricks, the artwork materiality directly references Sydney Park’s iconic heritage brick kilns, chimneys and vast clay pits, as well as the urban character of St Peters brick homes.
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Gordon Young is one of the UK’s leading artists in the field of public art. With over 20 years’ experience he has created projects as diverse as a series of 20m sculptural / climbing walls in Blackpool, a forest of typographic trees in Crawley Library, a Wall of Wishes in a Bristol school, and a cursing stone in Carlisle.
Gordon has a collaborative approach to working and has built up over the years strong and fruitful relationships with a diverse range of people.
Gordon’s latest and most ambitious project to date is the Comedy Carpet, a 2200m2 granite typographical pavement made up of jokes, songs and catch phrases of comedians and writers which is now permanently installed on the new promenade in front of Blackpool tower.
These resources have been designed by experienced Visual Arts educators to support students and teachers studying and delivering the NSW syllabus for Visual Arts, and are tailored to Stage 4 and Stage 5.
Stage 6 teachers may also consider some of the artist studies for their students.
This slideshow compliments and aligns with the worksheets for a more visual investigation.
Stage 4 worksheet
This worksheet targets Year 7 and Year 8 students and provides investigations into this artwork and some artmaking tasks that align to it.