Richard Briggs, ‘Community Recordings’ Cherry Street, Werribee
The Cherry Street level crossing removal was the first of many LXRP art commissions led by T Projects. Working closely with the Western Program Alliance design team, which included architects, landscape architects and engineering specialists from Denton Corker Marshall, Hassell and Arup, we developed the brief, sourced suitable artists for consideration and then assisted the shortlisted artists throughout concept design, before supporting the selected artist, Richard Briggs, through detailed design, fabrication and installation.
LXRP had stipulated that the artwork should be fully integrated into the wider scheme and should be site specific, reflecting people and place. The resulting artwork 'Community Recordings' is a series of line drawings directly informed and inspired by the people of Werribee. Originally Richard had hoped to embed himself in the Werribee community, but Covid 19 had just hit and we were in what would become the world's longest lockdown. With the incredible support and assitance of the Wyndham City Council arts and culture department and the project stakeholder engagement team, Richard began what ended up became a marathon of online consultations with a wide range of people and organisations from across the Wyndham community. The drawings are all directly informed and inspired by these conversations and engagement with the people of Werribee.
The artworks document aspects of the urban and natural landscape, and the people that live in the Werribee area. Embedded into the ground, these local narratives are translated into line drawings that are part whimsical, part informative. They aim to generate intrigue and curiosity, becoming another way to interpret a place through many layered references to community perspectives.