Installation view Melbourne Biaanal 1999
PLAN - Installation view Signs of life : Melbourne International Biennial 1999

PLAN - size varies, originally 152 sqm. 1997 - on-going.

Dunsmore discovered the source street signs, for the public artwork PLAN, in 1997, whilst 'artist in residence' at ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany.

This urban historical portrait is an installation consisting of 900 enameled Weimar street signs, covering 152 sqm. There are 450 different individual street names dating from 1910 - 1989.

With the unification of Germany and during extensive renovation of the City of Weimar in preparation for its hosting of the European City of Culture in 1999, the metal/enamel signs were replaced by new plastic ones. The old streets signs were thrown in a bin awaiting disposal, when Dunsmore discovered them. Over the duration of her initial residency at ACC Galerie Weimar, Dunsmore researched, cleaned, documented and set up the on-going preservation with ACC Galerie, of the artwork. The logistical process of minding PLAN, extended over twenty years. Stored in numerous locations within Weimar the each move strained the original storage crates which disintegrated. In 2019, new storage boxes were made before moving to a new storage facility in Weimar. The process continues to find a permanent site for this social-history public art installation.

PLAN premiered at the ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany in 1998 and showed at the Melbourne International Biennial, Australia, in 1999. One quarter of the streets signs were exhibited at Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany, 2005. The most recent presentation took place in 2019, again in ACC Galerie in the 'Solidarity, now more than ever' anniversary exhibition. The full, monumental-scale (152sqm), of this socio-historic artwork has never been exhibited in its entirety

PLAN - size varies, originally 152 sqm. 1997 - on-going. Artwork is represented by ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany.