Artist chosen for San Remo creation


Bass Coast Shire Council has commissioned artist, Paul Jesse, to create an innovative and engaging public artwork for the San Remo Foreshore.

His design celebrates the identity of San Remo from past to present, referencing the historical importance of San Remo as a port, as well as our fishing industry, wildlife and sea life.

“My work is homage to San Remo from its beginnings to present day,” Mr Jesse said.

“It is a glimpse of San Remo’s culture, and obviously fishing is an important part of this. The work is intended to have a whimsical nature to make it engage with as wide an audience as possible.”

The $45,000 Tides of Change Public Art Project is being delivered as part of Council’s annual Public Art Program.

Mr Jesse’s design was chosen by a selection panel of representatives from the local community, Phillip Island San Remo Rotary, Tides of Change group, San Remo Foreshore Committee of Management, San Remo District & Tourism Business Inc., Council staff and Regional Arts Victoria.

“This sculpture demonstrates the continued importance of the Arts to our San Remo community, a place that has inspired artists for at least one hundred years,” Tides of Change community group member, Miranda Sage, said.

Chris Johnstone from the San Remo Foreshore Committee of Management added “the artwork will enhance our foreshore, adding another element of interest for both visitors and locals”.

Working from his studio in Boolarra, Mr Jesse is a qualified artist with experience in delivering public art in both regional Victoria and Melbourne.

Some of his recent work can be seen in the City of Latrobe and CERES Community Environment Park in Brunswick.

He currently has works on display in the Gippsland Sculpture Exhibition 2017 in Main Street Yinnar, which is open till the end of May.

Tides of Change community group member, Carol Blair, said the project received attention from artists from across Victoria and New South Wales.

“We received good quality concept designs from 13 artists, making it very hard to choose,” Ms Blair said.

“We are confident of a great outcome for San Remo.”