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Drawn Place, Drawn Space

Drawn Place, Drawn Space

Title of Artwork
Mawson Lakes School Artistic Fence - Drawn Place, Drawn Space

Artist/s
Leslie Matthews

Location
Mawson Lakes School, Garden Terrace, Mawson Lakes

Form
Metal fencing panels

Commissioned by
Department of Education

Project Partners
City of Salisbury and Arts SA

Year of completion
2004

Rationale
The concept for the artistic fence is The Environment: natural, geographical, historical and multicultural. The design is focussed on historical research and images of the local environment, whilst the final images for the designs were created by the children at Mawson Lakes Primary School in response to this theme. Some of the images and colours chosen reflect the history of the area, the existing architectural environment and the colours of the land and soil.

The story of the fence begins with images of Aboriginal mounds, which represent the day to day life of the Kaurna people, skeletal animals and the surrounding environments of the Mawson Lakes School. The next series of images are a representation of what can be found in the local environment. Then with the introduction of images of people, boats and cars there is a representation of western cultural influences, ending with an image of the school itself as an end to this part of the story.