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Giant Snakes and Ladders Artwork Invites Playfulness at Sydney Olympic Park

31 Mar 2021

A new 50m long Snakes and Ladders artwork is set to get locals and visitors jumping at Sydney Olympic Park’s Station Square.

Sydney artists Digby Webster and Nadia Odlum have joined forces to create Snakes and Ladders, a large-scale mural on the ground outside the entrance to the Olympic Park’s train station, which will feature as a new temporary art installation.

Visitors to Station Square will be able to play the giant game by bringing their own dice or using a custom-made digital ‘Digby Dice’ accessible onsite by using a QR code.

Digby – who lives with disability – is an accomplished artist and a finalist in last year’s Archibald Prize. Digby has painted the gigantic creatures, incorporating native animal references and his distinctive colourful style. Nadia – an award-winning multidisciplinary artist from Western Sydney who has exhibited locally and internationally – has painted the ladders with a crooked 3-D effect.

The project is a partnership between Nadia, Digby, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Accessible Arts, which aims to bring joy and playfulness to this public space.

Nadia Odlum: “Sydney Olympic Park is a wonderful fusion of urban architecture and native plants and animals, so we’ve used that as the inspiration for this particular artwork.”

Digby Webster: “I think it brings lots of joy and fun and vibrancy. It is a good place for people to play. Nadia and I had a lot of fun making this pavement game.”

Chief Executive of Placemaking NSW Anita Mitchell said art adds colour, wonder, delight and life to our treasured public spaces.

“This giant mural is an invitation to our locals and visitors to embrace that inner child and connect with each other in a playful experience that is both fun and accessible,” shared Ms Mitchell.

“We are committed to activating our public spaces at Sydney Olympic Park with diverse and inclusive opportunities and are thrilled to be working with the talented and creative Digby and Nadia on this wonderful new artwork.”

Accessible Arts Interim CEO Morwenna Collett: “It’s always exciting to have the unique and compelling creativity of artists with disability showcased in public commissions such as this, and the incorporation of accessible digital elements means everyone can enjoy the work.”

Other accessible elements of the artwork include digital Auslan interpretation and audio description of the artwork for visitors who are d/Deaf or have vision impairment. The artwork “Snakes and Ladders” will remain in place for six months and is an open invitation for Sydney to come and play.

View more information about the mural and the artists