Did you know that Altona’s Harrington Square shopping centre is built on the site of an old coal mine? There is a marker stone on the site which marks the location of the Altona coal mine, and recognises the importance of the coal mining industry in Altona’s history. But is there another perspective? Local art makers Wild Books Collective (WBC) think so and they’re planning to respond through a range of installations, collaborations and performances across Harrington Square throughout September. WBC will create a sensory narrative that asks the community of Harrington Square to remember the brown coal (lignite) mine that once dominated the area and to examine the other side of history and our current reliance on coal and fossil fuels. The works encourage connection and empathy, a spirit of inquisitiveness, and a sense of radical creativity.
This is part of Art and Public Places, a month-long, multi venue celebration of art and ideas, in all their forms, throughout Hobsons Bay. 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.
For all the details, go to www.artinpublicplaces.com.au
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