Perth Pop-Up Vennels
This was a fun project to work on - quick, dirty and on a tight budget, we were given free reign to paint Perth's streets with washable chalk spray.
Over Easter 2017 Bigg Design teamed up with Fun Makes Good and KMG to create a series of temporary 'pop-up' art installations for Perth & Kinross Council to help create excitement and social media buzz in the build up to their City of Culture bid.
The City of Perth has a network of half-forgotten back lanes called 'vennels' that were identified as ideal locations for the artworks. The vennels often have fascinating and evocative histories that we sought to bring back into public consciousness through playful interpretations that encouraged city-wide exploration.
Using eco-friendly washable chalk paint, as well as cardboard sculptures and even some 'guerilla gardening' we created an eclectic range of temporary installations over different passages that formed a walking route of street art.
Cow Vennel was transformed with a mixture of temporary street art and guerilla gardening that referenced the original medieval cattle route to the town's meadow grazing. We installed a geometric interpretation of a meadow using recycled astroturf, planted flowers on the fencing and walls and used temporary chalk paint to create colourful cow heads and hoof prints lining the route.
Sunshine created fantastic patterns through the 'meadow' fencing installation
Referencing the Medieval Baxters (or Bakers) origins of the street with colourful bread peels, wheat stencils, baked goods and a selection of bready puns!
Flesher's Vennel got a nod to it's Medieval butcher's heritage with prime cuts and tools of the trade marked out on the pavement.
Stylised wave patterns marked out the paving at Water Vennel
This space featured an explosive celebration of form and colour based upon shapes found within Perth City Centre's map grid.