Centennial Park is full of history, full of stories and full of little hidden structures that you may never have noticed. Take the small collection of egg-shaped bollards at the Robertson Road Gates.
Firstly, where are the bollards?
The story behind the bollards
The bollards were part of a Parklands improvement project in 1995, which involved upgrading of the entry to Robertson Road (the project included new road surfacing and kerbing, creation of the roundabout, new plantings and cobblestones).
This corner is one of the busiest and most complex entrances to the Park, with a mixture of cars, pedestrians, bicycles and horses all using this as an entrance from the busy Lang Road.
The latter of these directly influenced the design of the bollards.
A design challenge
The bollards were designed to create a sculptural feature at the entrance to Centennial Park. However, while their main function was to control vehicular access, the safety of horses was of high consideration. The eventual curved form was chosen as it had no sharp edges or points on which horses might rub.
Their form and subtle spiral pattern on the four central eggs is a derivative of the traditional Victorian pine cone motif. Their dark green tones, they are were reminiscent of an emu egg (in fact, the design of the bollards involved the Parklands’ then Landscape Architect, Gillian Smart, sketching a range of real eggs to get the geometry of the spiral design correct!).
In 1995 the concrete fabricator was Pebblecrete In-situ Pty Ltd was engaged to create and install the shot-blast and polished concrete bollards with glass tops which have become another background feature that makes up this wonderful park.
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