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Transforming Public Spaces


Vibrant and active public spaces are essential in all cities and towns. Activate Darwin is working with the community to develop public spaces that reflect the diverse and unique nature of our residents, workers and visitors.

In late 2019 we ran a public placemaking challenge, encouraging groups and individuals to put forward their ideas for transforming public spaces in the city. With 95 individual submissions received, the public then voted for their top ten ideas to create vibrant public spaces across the city.

These ideas were:

Lunch on the Lawn

Lunch on the Lawn showcased the talent of local musicians with live performances every Wednesday during the dry season on the Tourism Top End Lawns. Lunch1


Fusion Exhibitions in partnership with Shane Eecen are project mapping across three different locations throughout July, August and September. Currently, the Smith Street Mall is showcasing the current artwork from 7pm-9pm every Friday and Saturday night throughout September.


Plant Towers

10 plant towers in varying heights and sizes were installed along McMinn Street in July. The plant towers feature lush green vines and coloured bougainvillea and are finished with a waterproof solar light in the centre.


Orchid Roof Installation

300 faux purple Vanda orchid plants will be suspended on the shade structures located in Smith Street Mall. The installation is finished with growing Spanish moss.

Public Walkways

Neon ropes were suspended in the alley way between NT House and the TIO building in various patterns. The alley way was also completed with colourful concrete planters filled with a mass of plants. 


Swim-in Movie Theatre

A cinema screen setup at the Darwin Waterfront wave pool area for people to watch movies while using flotation rafts or tubes. 


Other successful projects include: 

  • Green Walls
  • Growing Buildings
  • Larrakia Welcome through public art
  • Darwin sign

Additional information will be provided once dates are confirmed for the above projects. 

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