Pictures: Gerhard Mausz
If you are one of the 2000 people who walk or cycle through the west end of Collins
Street each day you will have noticed that the small shed abutting 208 is finally
finished. And what a shed it is.
Built to meet the needs of its owners (Jerry de Gryse and Kate Crowley) to house
bins, bikes and paint tins, it has also met their desire to contribute something to the
City of Hobart. To go beyond their utilitarian needs, the owners engaged artist
Gerhard Mausz to make a work of art out of the new street frontage.
Made of patterned steel layers, the front of the shed is an abstraction of the
topography of the Hobart Rivulet. Overtime, the work will evolve as the elements
and oxidisation of the steel have their way.
Gerhard is experienced contributor to the city landscape through public art programs
(see his gate at Kellys Garden, Salamanca and his street furniture in North Hobart and
Moonah), Gerhard said “I applaud private landowners for making such a cultural
investment in their community. A simple corrugated iron gate could have done the
job, but they have gone further and together we have made something that I hope will
endure and evolve, giving joy and maybe even inspiration to Jerry and Kate and to
those who go past each day.”
Jerry said, “Kate and I are thrilled with what Gerhard has achieved in artfully
interpreting our thoughts about our place in the City and in the wider landscape. His
work is evidence of our belief that quality design and fine detailing add to the life of
the street and make cities great. We hope that over time, Council and other property
owners will unite to make Collins Street a vibrant, peopled promenade. Perhaps our
little contribution will spark others to do more”.
Additional information: Island Workshop were the builders for the project with
design input from David Travalia, Architect and Jerry de Gryse. The rear wall of the
shed uses ‘form ply’ within an otherwise all steel frame.
Jerry de Gryse