Public Art Expressions of Interest
Construction of Wangaratta’s Railway Precinct Enhancement Project is fast approaching, with a tender for the project to be considered at the December Council Meeting.
And now the call is going out for artists to present their vision and apply to be part of the project.
The project, which involves major streetscape improvements to Docker, Cusack and Norton Streets, is the first major capital works project to incorporate public art as a key component.
Four locations in central Wangaratta will be home to iconic public art that will transform the city.
The four locations to receive public art are:
- The Norton Street Water Tower
- Wangaratta Railway Station Entrance
- Wangaratta Library front garden
- Ovens and Reid Street roundabout
Mayor Dean Rees said the public art trail would connect the Railway Station to the parks, rivers and to the CBD.
“We want to celebrate Wangaratta’s history, culture and future aspirations by creating a welcoming and unique sense of place,” he said.
“We’re making Wangaratta an inviting place for new businesses and residents. The Railway Precinct Enhancement Project will create spaces people want to be, which brings cultural and economic benefits.
“Public art creates a sense of community pride, and these public art installations will show Wangaratta as a vibrant, contemporary and attractive city.
“We’re seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified artists or groups of artists to develop highly visible, high impact pieces.”
Council’s newly formed Public Art Acquisition Committee will assess the expressions of interest, with a decision to be made in early 2020.