Crown Street Mall Artwork Concept
New Zealand artist Mike Hewson will design, fabricate and install public art in the Crown Street Mall.
The decision forms part of a project to introduce public art to the City Centre after $500,000 was set aside from the Crown Street Mall refurbishment project budget in 2012. The intention is for the art to replace the water and music play elements that were removed from the Mall refurbishment’s original concept designs following public consultation.
Some of the concepts designs include an installation on the side of a building, moveable escarpment-inspired rock features that provide seating, a landscaped kids’ play area and tiles that give the illusion the steps of the amphitheatre are a ramp. The draft designs also do some interesting things with trees, including a palm tree seat.
Curator Barbara Flynn was engaged by Council to assist in the procurement of public art to ensure the work has a connection to the site, suits the retail and business environment, and provides a unique character to the Crown Street Mall.
Progressing the concepts into public art structures will include a number of phases. For example, the landscaped kids’ play area must meet Australian safety standards. The artwork is expected to be installed in the first half of 2017.
Below: Concept images by Mike Hewson for the Crown Street Mall public artwork
Crown Street Mall Refurbishment Works 2013 - 2014
Construction work on this major project was completed in late 2014, and the community celebrated the end of works with an official ceremony and Summer Party on Saturday 22 November 2014.
After years of planning, construction on the Crown Street Mall refurbishment began in February 2013, and paused briefly for the 2013 Christmas period before resuming in early 2014.
As well as removing all old infrastructure and installing 52,000 new pavers, the project included the addition of decorative lighting, free wi-fi, street furniture and a sustainable watering system for the new gum and Flame trees.
The $19.4 million refurbishment of Crown Street Mall has been part-funded by a $5m grant from the Australian Government.
For more information on the refurbishment contact Council’s Customer Service team on (02) 4227 7111.
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