Playspace

Hindmarsh Square's 'Playspace' is a series of large scale artworks made from fibreglass reinforced concrete, that blurs the line between art and public park space. With contributions by artists including Ryan Sims, Andrew Stock, Gerry Wedd and Taylor Cullity Lethlean, the water-related imagery of a hose, thongs and fish bones offers a playfully organic counterpoint to the steel and concrete office buildings and shopping centres around it.

Gerry Wedd is a South Australian artist based on the Fleurieu Peninsula noted for his ceramics and illustrations. From the 1980s to the 2000s Wedd's artwork could be found on designs by Australian clothing company Mambo, whose colourful, absurdist and darkly comic style offered a new take on "Australiana" in the 1990s. Along with artists like Reg Mombassa, Mambo's designs brought Australian surf culture to the world, notably in the outfits of the Australian Olympic team during the opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Due to its close proximity to the Rundle Mall shopping strip and public transport, Playspace quickly became a popular hang out spot for teenagers, earning itself the nickname of "Emo Park" for the particular mid-2000s subculture whose members could often be relaxing among the artwork.

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