Brunswick Betterblock

Brunswick Betterblock

Following the 2013 Brunswick Betterblock, Moreland City Council decided it was time for a longer popup park trial that would close Wilsons Ave for two months. Phil Harkin and myself from the Urban Bush Carpenters, were enlisted to build some additional furniture. The task was to create an installation that would work with the amazing mural art of Rone from Everfresh; promote construction from salvaged materials; and provide seating in the only shaded area of the site.


  • 3 x large (double sized) pallets, salvaged from the waste pile of a Brunswick building site
  • Salvaged timber from broken pallets and crates
  • Screws
  • Potting mix

Concept Development

Rhino mockupInitial design concept modelled in Rhino. This is not something the Urban Bush Carpenters usually do, but in this situation, because it was to be a longterm installation, it was necessary to get design sign-off from the council.

Off-site Construction

As the popup park was already being used for events, we decide to do most of the construction off-site. DSC_0098DSC_0091 DSC_0101 DSC_0102 DSC_0103 DSC_0104

Installation DSC_0107

Completed Installation

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Participatory Painting Session

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Installation Moved to Oxygen Youth Centre

Oxygen Youth Centre

Finally, when the two months were up, we were asked to reinstall the seating at the new City of Moreland, Oxygen Youth Centre.