A plan to invigorate Caloundra through public art
  • Wednesday 17 October 2018
public art, george rose, bulcock street, caloundra

Public art, both permanent and ephemeral, is planned to invigorate Caloundra following council’s endorsement of the Caloundra Public Art Plan 2018.

The plan provides a curatorial framework and is supported by a three-year activation program, titled Place2, that will guide public art development and creative activation in Caloundra’s public spaces.

Division 2 Cr Tim Dwyer said Caloundra was emerging as a dynamic creative hub and a place that celebrates, supports and nurtures creative and cultural activities.

“Public art contributes to the building of place and regional identity, helps to develop the local arts and cultural sector and contributes to community belonging and wellbeing,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Caloundra is well positioned to support public art development thanks to the diversity of our green spaces, coastal paths and vibrant urban heart.

“Art in public spaces contributes to Caloundra’s cultural identity and creates a unique offering that attracts locals and visitors, as we have seen with the popularity of the many street art murals that can be found around town and the new one currently underway in Bulcock Street by renowned Melbourne artist George Rose (pictured).

“Through the Place2 program we are anticipating a diverse range of outcomes including street performances, ephemeral, integrated and stand-alone artworks, as well as interactive visual art elements, providing Caloundra with a unique point of difference from other regional urban centres.”

The curatorial vision within the plan was inspired by Caloundra’s rich cultural and contemporary history, aspirations for the future, its urban heart, the unique qualities of the natural environment and the character of the residents.

The three curatorial themes that will guide public art outcomes are:

City of beaches – revolution, reflection and respite. Inspired by Caloundra’s rich surfing history, the liminal space between the water’s edge and the great blue sea and the beach culture, a renowned space to get away from it all and a much-loved holiday destination.

Embedded in nature – bush to beach. Natural assets will be highlighted with a sensitivity and focus on conservation and understanding of the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. Moments of intrigue and delight will be created to enhance the everyday experience of visitors and residents and stimulate appreciation of the natural beauty of the area.

Gateways and connections – I See, I See, I See the Sea! Shifting geographical forms and changing landscapes connect through roads, pathways, bush tracks, beaches and waterways. The stories of the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara peoples will be reflected and celebrated. Public artworks will offer a visual connection to the place, a marker for the change of one location to the next, a discovery point or a marker to highlight the identity and eclectic differences inherent in the Caloundra area.

The three-year Place2 program will seek funding to deliver public art activities themed around a Place2Paint, Place2Play, Place2Connect, Place2Discover and Place2Reflect.

The Caloundra Public Art Plan 2018 was developed as an action of the Caloundra Centre Master Plan (2017) and is in line with the vision of the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan 2018-2038.

View the plan.