Bass Coast,

Public Art Across Bass Coast

Public art will continue to be installed around Bass Coast Shire, with Council last night adopting the Public Art Site and Themes Plan.

The Plan has been designed to achieve Council’s vision for public art for the next five to 10 years, with Kilcunda, Inverloch, San Remo, Corinella and, the Bass Valley and Hinterland area identified as priority areas for public art.

The Kilcunda public art project has been commissioned and the artists are presently working on the final design.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said the Plan serves as a clear tool to assist in decision making for public art projects for up to a decade.

“This tool has already been used whilst developing the Expression of Interest for the Kilcunda public art project; the brief was directly taken from the Plan as recommended in the community workshops,” Cr Brown said.

“The people who attended these workshops were the first to meet the artists and helped to organise a public meeting held in December 2014.

“The artists are using the information, photos and ideas gathered from meetings to inform their final design.”

Cr Brown said keeping local communities involved in the process means they will have ownership over the public art and as a result, help to preserve it.

“A good example is the Coronet Bay ‘Bronze Yarns’ public art project, which tells stories of the area,” Cr Brown said.

The Public Art Reference Committee (PARC) also moved to accept the Plan as a working document before recommending the report be presented to Council.

PARC is also investigating recommendations for Inverloch and San Remo.