The District Council of Grant has recently secured funding through the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s ‘Places for People’ program to upgrade the Port MacDonnell foreshore, known as ‘The Waterfront’. The Waterfront brings to life the concepts, objectives and beliefs that have been identified through community and stakeholder consultation, aiming to improve both the quality of life for local residents and visitors, as well as enhancing the economic potential of the township. More information on this exciting project can be found on Council’s website, www.dcgrant.sa.gov.au.
A significant element of the Waterfront is the inclusion of public art installation(s) as part of Stage 1 of the project. Accordingly, the District Council of Grant recently invited professional artists both locally and interstate to submit concepts for public artwork to be incorporated into the ‘The Waterfront’, Port MacDonnell.
“We were very happy with the standard of concepts submitted” said Deputy CEO Jane Fetherstonhaugh, “No two were alike, and they offered a range of mediums, subjects and designs to choose from.”
Submissions have been narrowed to three and Council is now seeking feedback and opinions from the community on which one of the three proposed artworks they would like to see installed in the new Jetty Plaza, as part of the ‘The Waterfront’ project.
The three concepts chosen to be taken to community consultation are:
- Barry the Barrel; a six metre tall breaching blue fin tuna made using recycled fishing dinghies submitted by Deon Howell from Millicent.
- Lobster Fisherman; a life -size bronze figure of a fisher man returning from sea with a southern rock lobster submitted by Gillie and Marc, internationally acclaimed artists.
- Seal Family; a collection of five seals carved in limestone ranging in height up to 1.7m and up to 2m in length by Sam Wass, a Mount Gambier artist.
“It was hard to choose three to put out for community consultation. We had artists from three states submit concepts, and we are thrilled that two of the final three ended up being local”, said Ms Fetherstonhaugh.
The submissions will be on public display at the Port MacDonnell Community Complex, 7 Charles Street Port MacDonnell, until voting closes on Friday 1 December 2017. Voting may be made in person at the Port MacDonnell Community Complex, or online