Giant game for all to enjoy

IT’S not every day you are encouraged to jump up and down on a work of art.

However artists Digby Webster and Nadia Odlum have transformed the pavement outside Sydney Olympic Park’s Station Square into a colourful 50 metre long version of the children’s game Snakes and Ladders.
Sliding down snakes and climbing up ladders, visitors to Station Square can play the giant game using their own dice or custom-made digital ‘Digby Dice’ accessible onsite by using a QR code.
An accomplished artist and a finalist in last year’s Archibald Prize, Digby – who lives with disability – painted the gigantic creatures, incorporating native animal references and his distinctive colourful style, while award-winning multidisciplinary artist Nadia painted the ladders with a crooked 3-D effect.
Nadia said they used the “wonderful fusion of urban architecture and native plants and animals” as inspiration for the work, and
Digby said they also had a lot of fun making the pavement game.
“I think it brings lots of joy and fun and vibrancy. It is a good place for people to play,” he said.
The artwork also includes accessible elements such as digital Auslan interpretation and audio description of the artwork for visitors with either a hearing or vision impairment.
The interactive mural was installed just in time for the Easter Show and will remain in place for six months with an open invitation to come and play.