Public Art

Public Art

The physical environment contributes to the culture of the city, which is strongly linked to its maritime, heritage, environment, industry and lifestyle.  The Council was an early adopter of a public art strategy, with a number of artworks commissioned including six along the Bay Trail, with a series of markers and interpretive panels that inform and celebrate its physical, cultural and social context.  

Temporary Public Art

Every month in September Council programs Art in Public Places which is a month-long, multi venue celebration of art and ideas, in all their forms. Everyday spaces become art sites as we discover artwork and artists from around the world and around the corner. Art in Public Places reminds us of the importance of public space for its ability to host diverse social exchanges and the communication of ideas to those who seek them, and those who happen upon them, in equal measure. Featuring a dynamic visual representation of sound, an augmented reality guided tour that takes care of you to, the international premier of a film about our very own Laverton.

Have a look at our program on www.artinpublicplaces.com.au  

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Permanent Public Art

The Council's Public Art collection comprises artworks located along the bike trails and coastal trail, and reserves.

Many of these works have been created by some of Australia's leading artists.

Download the public art brochure(PDF, 7MB)

For further information call the Arts and Events department on 9932 1000 or email: arts@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Masking Emotions

Mike Nicholls

2011

‘Is a hand holding up a mask in the form of a spirit, it draws on primal notion of emotion, vulnerability and of identity. For me the motif of the shield/mask along with its protective attributes suggests the constant presence of humanity’s conscience. The shield/mask can also take on the attributes of a guardian spirit and mask-like qualities, deflecting yet mirroring fears and concerns.’

Williamstown's late Marianne Baillieu (1939-2012)  famed gallery owner and artist, has donated to Hobsons Bay residents the sculpture titled 'Masking Emotions', fashioned from a single lemon scented gum log - by local noted artist Mike Nicholls.

Marianne's husband Ian Baillieu, said Marianne felt happy and privileged to live in such a unique and pleasant suburb and her donation is a gesture of thanks to the friendly Williamstown community and marks her long-time admiration for the work of the local sculptor and painter. Marianne took steps shortly before she died to donate this piece to Hobsons Bay City Council for installation in a suitable public area in Williamstown.

Reunion

Reunion, the new public art sculpture by Grant Finck, was officially launched at Laverton train station by Mayor Cr Tony Briffa on Thursday, 15th December 2011. Reunion describes the common forces that bring people into this place of meeting, departure and home coming. Each of the sculpture’s four pods are linked in some way, while maintaining separate characteristics.

Although of a monumental scale, Reunion has a delicate sense of balance and poise. Constructed from steel reinforced resin, it stands 4.5 metres, with bold organic curves that are the perfect foil for the surrounding geometric architecture.

Reunion was commissioned by the Department of Transport as part of the Train Stations as Creative Community Hubs (TSCCH) program which enabled the community to form a taskforce and as a result commission the artwork. Other TSCCH projects are at Mooroolbark and North Shore, Geelong stations.

Public Art Fact Sheets

Have you noticed a piece of art and wondered who it was made by or what it signifies? Public art fact sheets contain information about the public art in Hobsons Bay. If you would like information about a piece of public art and it is not available below, please contact the Arts and Events department on 9932 1000 or email: arts@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au.

 

Art in Public Places 1 to 30 September 2017

Art in Public Places is a month-long, multi venue celebration of art and ideas, in all their forms. Everyday spaces become art sites as we discover artwork and artists from around the world and around the corner. Art in Public Places reminds us of the importance of public space for its ability to host diverse social exchanges and the communication of ideas to those who seek them, and those who happen upon them, in equal measure. Featuring a dynamic visual representation of sound, an augmented reality guided tour that takes care of you to, the international premier of a film about our very own Laverton,  ‘Glow’ - by kids, for kids – and so much more.  

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