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Clunes To Get Public Art

At its meeting last night, Council awarded the $30,000 commission for the Clunes public art commission at the skate park reserve in Clunes.

Three artists were short listed to develop their concepts for a permanent public artwork after an expression of interest process.

Joanne Mott was recommended as the successful artist by Council’s Public Art Panel after all short-listed artists presented their concepts to the panel.

Mayor Cr John Cottrell said that public art commissions across our shire are becoming popular attractions with both locals and visitors, with a number of artworks commissioned over the past few years.

“The public art work proposed in Clunes will no doubt generate interest and conversations in the community. The commission is a modern and interactive art work that will allow visitors to engage directly with the piece,” said Cr Cottrell.

Cameron Ward Councillor, Neil Newitt, said “Public art works around our shire are creating a strong sense of place, and the Clunes commission will be no different. As an interactive public art piece, it will embrace new and emerging technologies. It’s exciting because it will continue to engage with the community and visitors into the future.”

Joanne Mott will deliver a land-based artwork that will be in the shape of a crescent moon, 12 metres in diameter, holding a quartz-encrusted circular pavement area. The moon shaped mound will be oriented towards the north, facing the historic Port Philip Gold Mine and aligned with the path of the moon. The circular area in the middle will be linked to an Augmented Reality phone and tablet application. The artwork is intended to activate the skate park and be a place to sit, socialise and contemplate.

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