Era — Bent on Cremorne

Completed in 2011, the EraBent on Cremorne installation is a design and environmental graphics project commissioned by Deal Corporation and Plus Architects. Located on the corner of Bent and Cremorne Streets wrapping the facade of the Era Apartments, the aluminium and painted graphics are a permanent documentation of the history of the site, its previous uses and the events of Cremorne. Earlier uses of the site included Australia’s first fairground dubbed the ‘Pleasure Gardens’ which featured bars, concert halls and a menagerie of free roaming animals. The site was where Australia’s first hot air balloon ascent took place, where the first 8-hour day march concluded, and where Burke and Wills obtained dromedaries for their ill-fated South-North crossing of our continent. The angles of the design and the use of colour take inspiration from the ‘zipper’ design that runs down Cremorne Street. The motif perforated into the aluminium is from the first map of the area that originally appeared in The Argus newspaper Circa 1853. 

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