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Public art wanted to revitalise tired mall

Water features will be removed as part of a major upgrade of the Wollongong City Mall. Wollongong Council have called for expressions of interest for public art.

CONTEMPORARY artists are being sought to develop public art to feature in the refurbished Crown Street Mall.

Expressions of Interest are being called by Wollongong City Council from practising artists to develop an artwork or works. The work will be a key element in the redevelopment of the mall in Wollongong city’s heart.

Acting Lord Mayor Councillor David Brown said a search is underway for a public artist who can create art work that would express the individual character of both the city and would add to appeal of the new Mall.

“A public work of art would reflect on the city’s Crown Street Mall as well as complement the new architecture and landscaping planned for the mall.

“We are hoping that art in the mall will add to the elements of play, colour and light that are built into the design features of the new Mall.”

Council’s CBD Major Projects Committee, which is overseeing the design elements of the Crown Street Mall refurbishment, has agreed to the following changes:

  • Removal of the water feature
  • Removal of the children’s interactive music play feature
  • Removal of some trees from the current amphitheatre space to provide an open plan area.

Artists who submit an Expression of Interest must send their application to Council by 10am on July 10.

For more information visit Wollongong Council’s tendering portal or call (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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