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Connect commuters with the built and cultural heritage of the Central Metro station site

Transport for NSW

Two 55" interpretive kiosks present the Story of the Devonshire Street Cemetery video and short histories of buildings, artefacts and burial vaults found across more than 30 sites beneath the current station.

  • In this project
  • Design + UX

  • Prototyping

  • Interactive touchscreens

  • Video + Animation

The new Central Metro Station site is steeped in Aboriginal and colonial history, buried beneath the function and form of the modern public utility.

Artefact Heritage was implementing aspects of the Heritage Interpretation Plan they co-authored with OCP Architects to enhance the inclusion and enrich commuters' relationship with the site.

Collaborating with Sydney Metro Heritage Team and Laing O'Rourke, Artefact Heritage involved Art of Multimedia to produce a short film about the history of the Devonshire Street Cemetery and to design and develop two interpretive kiosks delivering the histories of over 30 locations and archaeological finds accessed via a topographical map of the site, along with photographs of buildings, artefacts and 3D Photogrammetry images of the burial vaults unearthed during the archaeological excavations in 2019.

The two 55" bespoke kiosks comprise touchscreens built into contemporary plinths supplied by Command Digital.

Located in the North-South Concourse of Central Metro station, these digital interpretative kiosks invite commuters to explore the evolving cultural landscape and built heritage of the site, ready to take on additional stories as they become available.

Usage Analytics enable the Central Metro Heritage Team to see the engagement levels with various sections of this interpretation, thus informing future content additions.

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Art of Multimedia have been both professional and a pleasure to work with on this high-profile project. Their creative approach to developing the short film and computer interactive has ensured that the stories of the site and the artefacts discovered have come alive. We found their ability to find creative solutions, to be flexible and to meet tight deadlines an asset to the project.

Carolyn MacLulich
Principal (Heritage Interpretation), Artefact Heritage

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