Temporary 'urban space installation' draws in a crowd

A temporary ‘urban space installation’ appeared on Commercial Road this week as budding architects from the University of Adelaide tried their hand at bringing beauty to an otherwise forgotten space.

A little pond was set up outside of the old courthouse building as part of the ‘City in the Mirror’ project and people were encouraged to create origami boats out of coloured paper to sail across the water, representing impressions and moods.

Architecture Student Kiana Cai said the idea behind the project was to reclaim space that is currently underused and to highlight the beauty of the historical centre. 

“We wanted to build a kind of mirror to reflect the buildings and the environment,” she said.

“We wanted to create an open space that people could enjoy and spend time in, the installation brings something interesting to the otherwise unused space.”

Taking three days to build, the shallow pond was put to good use as kids took off their shoes and frolicked in the water on a day which saw the temperature hit 31 degrees.

CITY IN A MIRROR: Kids took off their shoes and pulled on their wellies to frolick in the temporary pond.

CITY IN A MIRROR: Kids took off their shoes and pulled on their wellies to frolick in the temporary pond.

The brightly coloured origami boats were also a big hit amongst the crowd and people took a break from their barbecued sausages to fold their own paper and sail their boats.

“The origami boats are in different colours to describe different emotions and we waned people to choose one colour and put them into the pool,” Ms Cai said.

The installation is the first project the students have designed which has actually been created and although it was only temporary, the architecture students hope to leave a lasting impression on how a simple space can be transformed to represent something unique.