Media Release – PUMP STATION SWITCHBOARDS TO BECOME ARTIST’S CANVAS

Public acceptance of a trial mural painted on a Pump Station Switchboard Cabinet at Bargara has been the catalyst for Council to endorse an expansion of the art form.

At its ordinary meeting this week Council agreed to provide $10,000 to initiate the art program to incorporate a further nine switchboard cabinets located around the Bargara area.

Council’s Community and Cultural Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Judy Peters said the initial trial mural had been painted about 12 months ago on a switchboard located in Mary Kinross Park at Bargara.

“Public acceptance of the concept has been so positive that Council has now agreed to invite expressions of interests from artists to participate in providing murals in a further nine locations.

“I think this initiative invites the community to live with art and to witness a transformation of some uninteresting inanimate object into a vibrant artistic message.

“It also provides an opportunity for all local artists to put forward a proposal that demonstrates their individuality and perceptions of messaging to be delivered through this artistic medium,” said Cr Peters.

Divisional representative Cr Greg Barnes said the inclusion of art spaces was an important component to the lifestyle experience at Bargara.

“The location and lifestyle lend themselves perfectly to artistic concepts and this initiative will certainly add further points of interest and discussion for visitors and residents alike.

“The expressions of interest to undertake the artwork will be sought from suitably qualified artists who will be required to outline their proposed designs and acceptance of any design will be a decision of Council,” said Cr Barnes.

 

 

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