The approach to Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge was transformed into a living, breathing urban park setting by the team at Workshop Events, as part of this year’s Breakfast on the Bridge event on Sunday October 10.
The event design and production company created and delivered a 100-metre-long park installation, which served as the entryway for the 6000 picnickers attending the breakfast event.
Located at the North Sydney end of the bridge, the installation began with impressive custom-built gates, which were unlocked and officially opened by the Premier of NSW, to reveal the spectacular urban park.
Picnickers passed through an avenue of large topiary trees, framed by lush green lawns where Tai Chi was being demonstrated.
Further along, park benches and pastel-coloured ice-cream vans flanked a large, fully-operational fountain, powered by a portable generator concealed within the base. A mobile water tank was brought in to fill the fountain.
Also featured was an oversized chessboard, a mini skate ramp with skaters and BMX bikers performing tricks, and a children’s playground, all surrounded by dozens of leafy trees and beds of colourful tulips framed by white picket fences.
Workshop Events worked with a quick turnaround time of just five weeks to design and produce the park experience. Set-up on the day took a team of 50 staff three hours to complete, in pre-dawn light between 2:00am and 5:00am.
Managing the project, Jane Dillon, Senior Producer at Workshop Events, was delighted with the outcome and said the team really enjoyed turning the Harbour Bridge approach into a park for a day.
“We love a challenge and designing a park installation on the bridge approach was definitely something new for us,” Jane said.
“In order to create visual impact over such a long distance, the installation was designed as several distinct pockets of activity which together created a living, breathing urban park space for picnickers to pass through and enjoy.”