Working with interpretive designers Trigger and Parramatta Park Trust, Lightwell developed five pieces of multimedia which interpret the Dairy Precinct at Parramatta Park. We populated a pair of historic buildings and the surrounding landscape with two soundscapes, two projections and a series of iPad apps.
The Dairy Cottage was built in 1797 by ex-convict George Salter, and is one of the oldest buildings in Parramatta. We created an app for three iPad Pros which acts as both a digital label and interpretive device for a series of object displays.
A soundscape located in the roof of the cottage evokes the sound of the people who once resided in the building - footsteps, rustling clothing and plates clinking resound in the space.
The Rangers Cottage contains a 'sunken dairy', dating back to when the Precinct was used for the Government Dairy. An introductory motion graphics piece, constructed of archival images and footage, tells the history of Parramatta Park.
We cast, shot and produced a projected video piece which portrays milkmaids working in the Sunken Dairy.
iPad apps monitor the temperature both inside and outside the space.
Out the back of the two buildings, the sounds of children playing and splashing draw visitors to the back corner of the garden. This soundscape acts as a recreation of the nearby swimming spot on the Parramatta River, nicknamed 'Little Coogee'.
The redeveloped Dairy Precinct opened in October 2016.