ASPECT’s Urban&Public team got their green guerrilla gear on for the October school holidays in Adelaide (8-15 October 2017), when they were engaged by Adelaide City Council to create a suite of graphic resources and activities for junior schoolers, promoting trees in the city.
The project was part of Council’s Green City Plan Objectives and Strategies, and centred around the North Terrace Tree Trail project. This free discovery route showcases 20 amazing trees along Adelaide city’s North Terrace, between Kintore Avenue and Frome Road.
Engagement and fun were the key tools of the graphic resources, created in collaboration with artist Paul Sloan and illustrator Nicole Stewart. Together the team produced stickers and stencils, sketchpads and quizzes, to help kids document, identify and interact with trees along the trail, personalising their nature experience.
The idea was to encourage the kids to ‘meet’ their local trees and learn how they’re similar and different from each other, how they cool the city, give us shade, provide habitats for birds, small animals and insects, and clean the air we breathe. But more than that, the project was aimed at encouraging kids to see trees as vital, beautiful and incredibly valuable beings.
Part of the project was creating the collateral for a Public Space Art/ Design Intervention, and the Character Design Workshop, held on 1 October 2017. This event was delivered in partnership with Nature Play SA, as part of the Nature Play Festival and with the Art Gallery of SA, as part of the START program workshops.