Curated by Doug Lansky, author of Lonely Planet’s bestselling Signspotting books, the free Signspotting exhibition is made up of over 100 examples of delightfully strange ‘lost in translation’ signs. Some of these signs have been discovered by Lansky during his travels, while others have been spotted and sent to him by fellow globetrotters.
Signspotting has toured globally, including at Fringe Festivals in Edinburgh and Dubai and in the main street of Copenhagen. Now, its Darling Harbour’s turn to discover the quirky, humorous and downright absurd signs found in cities all over the world. The exhibition takes place at Cockle Bay South and runs from Saturday 16 April – Sunday 01 May, 2016.
Having laughed and been inspired by the exhibition, families can make their way to the Sign City Kids’ Workshops at Palm Grove to create their own funny signs. Dressed in hard hats and high-vis vests, children are guided through a range of projects such as sign making, learning to navigate, stencilling workshops and a myriad of other creative activities.
Led by artists Andrea Davies and Jess Cook, the interactive workshops are open from 11am-3pm every day from Saturday 16 – Monday 25 Apriland are recommended for ages 6–12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority Creative Producer, Michael Cohen, says the exhibition and workshops are a great way to get kids to think about the city around them.
“As adults we know what signs mean and how they are meant to help us navigate the city, but kids understand the world in their own unique way. With Signspotting and the Sign City Kids’ Workshops, we want kids to see the funny side of exploring the built environment as well as getting involved in creating their own hilarious signs”, says Cohen.
Darling Harbour’s Sign City is produced by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and is one of the many events programmed throughout the year for families to enjoy. Darling Harbour attracts 26 million visitors each year, contributing $800 million annually to the NSW visitor economy.