HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION

When woodblock pavers were discovered in the Sydney CBD during routine road surface maintenance, the opportunity was presented to communicate one of Sydney's forgotten stories.

The City of Sydney awarded JDA the task of identifying the location of the archaeological discovery in Market Row, off Druitt Street; to provide a brief history of the 19th century practice of road surfacing using woodblock paving, and acknowledge the colourful history of the laneway itself, from its inception in 1859.

JDA researched, designed, wrote, illustrated and produced a series of laser cut stencils, to engage pedestrians; combining factual information with curious illustrations of the methods and practices of woodblocking.

The stencils were applied directly to the laneway's asphalt surface, acting as much as historical record, as public art.

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