Street Pests is a street art project commissioned by the City of Greater Dandenong in September 2012. Various materials found discarded in the streets were refashioned into pigeons and rats which were then installed back into the streets they were found.
Street Pests encourages passersby to look again at the world around them by inserting the unexpected into their every day. Brightly patterned, soft sculptured animals are seen as a flash for a moment against the concrete as cars drive up or down the ramps, leading the viewer to question – What was that? Did I really see that? Street Pests was also designed as a comment on issues of over-production of resources and the propensity of Western civilization to use something once and then throw it away. The use of materials that are usually considered trash (in this case, cotton samples that have been thrown out in the streets) helps to remind people that items they consider finished can often be reused and recycled rather than just discarded.
This work was a moment of soft, playful quirkiness in contrast to the grey concrete and red brick walls of our every day urban environment.