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Do you enjoy seeing public art installations and outdoor artworks? Would you like to see more in the Clarence Valley?

by Ken Crouch, over 7 years ago

  • ImeldaJ over 7 years ago
    I would prefer temporary exhibitions if they are outdoors. We need to be mindful that not all art is appealing to everyone, so temporary exhibitions allow the art to be shown but doesn't stay there forever.
  • Jab over 7 years ago
    If we are going to have outdoor artworks it would be nice that these are created by local artists and people are allowed some say in what goes where. One of the outdoor artworks in Yamba has left me wondering what chicken wish bones have to do with the beach.
  • Jackw over 7 years ago
    I would like to see more outdoor works as we have a wealth of talent in the area. these should be light up where possible and in promenent area in the towns and villages. there could be a festival run every year and in the various villages. the infomation centres are a great way to start with building buildings which are outstanding and not just like the ones there are here not. be bold and different. celebrate the past timber and farming communities with cultural displays. incorporate the aborginal heritage and crafts. look for the old and build a village to celebrate the past with all the equipment and sheds witch are in the paddocks and move to a village to look as they are. our infomation centres could be a cultural centre to all the facilities in the region.
  • Naturelover over 7 years ago
    I'd love to see outdoor artworks. Great examples are Lismore's roundabouts and the public art installed in Brisbane during the Expo some years back. We have so much local talent - I think we should be using local artists to provide the artworks.
  • jt2463 over 7 years ago
    im sure we have a lot of outstanding local artists, but when did it become the responsibility of council to fund such art works? a few years ago we got art works at yamba beach and on the riverside at maclean. these art works cost thousands and pathetic to say the least.when council has roads, parks, foot paths, levy walls and rubbish etc up to acceptable standards lets look at art work then.
    • Stella over 7 years ago
      I would like to see more public art. When we accept public art in out public spaces it is a sign that a community has achieved social and cultural maturity; a sign that we can put aside our grumping about roads, rates and rubbish for a moment and enjoy something of beauty or wonder that someone has worked hard to make so that others can enjoy.
  • Parisia over 7 years ago
    I agree with the statements that local artists should be engaged with the creation or consultation for public artworks in the area, there are so many coastal towns that have succumbed to a commercial, chain-store, pre-fabricated culture - things like public artworks, community festivals etc are by their nature are things that have the potential to challenge this imposing bland-culture.In regards to the topic of funding in regards to public art. the general assumption is if a public artwork is funded for say $20,000, the entire funding has gone to the creation of the actual artwork - with a common reaction being that 'the artworks cost a lot, they don't look any good..' As an example of the reality - myself and two other artists undertook a public artwork commission for the city of Melbourne with a grant of $30,000, the work took 1 year to complete (not uncommon), the majority of the grant was used toward engineering, consultants, materials, material fabrication, insurance, installation and permits, all in all we received about $3000 each in payment for the artwork ($9000 in total). Another issue is that the materials being used need to have an aspect of permanence - often expensive and limited in what materials can be used.
  • Stella over 7 years ago
    Yes I would love to see more public art. Public art helps to define our public spaces and give our spaces character. It should make you pause and think. It should celebrate diversity of thought. The sculptures at Maclean and Turners Beach Yamba do this. If you don't like them, great. They have succeeded in that they have made you have an opinion. They have made you think. Fun wasn't it? Lets all think more about how we use and enjoy our public spaces and use public art to facilitate this.
  • Bella64 over 7 years ago
    Local government is not all about small and large infrastructure projects and although this is a primary role of Council, it has a large role to play in the promotion and support of public art and cultural events which showcase the area's diversity and unity. MOST of the funding for public art does not come out of rate payer generated funds but rather the Council applies for funding to State and Federal funding bodies and Council then becomes the recipiant, enabling it to deliver and facilitate local events. Not all of us will be united in the choice of public art particularly when it is a public installation but then again not all of us make the same food and movie choices and that is what makes it interesting and keeps people challenged. Public art installations do not always have to be generated through Council but Council can provide the resources to assist the planning and installation of the event. An art project located in empty shop fronts in the Newcastle city centre was initiated by a group of artists who were disheartened to walk past the empty shop after empty shop in the main part of town and thought that it would be great to place some art in the windows to improve the town centre and generate an art walk for night time visitors to that part of town. They worked with Newcastle City Council to approach the owners of the buildings who were grateful for an opportunity to put something in the window at no extra cost, and Council generated the brochures on the installations and promoted the art walk. A great community collaboration. We too in the Clarence Valley could use opportunities such as this to generate community projects. Just think of the great work that is created each year by the high school students of our Valley in arts and technology and nobody gets to see it. This could be a coordinated event each year in each of our towns with a high school. Wouldn't it be great to see some of this in shop fronts or unused spaces. If only we allow our imaginations to combine together, we could come up with a great many low cost options that may only require in-kind support from Council or it could be more.
  • artist over 7 years ago
    Public art is great, it can develop engagement with the community and also give a sense of fun and enjoyment. Merry Thoughts by Cass Samms at Yamba is engaging as people touch and make a wish once they get close enough to see that it is not the remains of a whale carcass or a boat that refers to its place on the coast and the history of shipping.Public art does not have to be permanent, it is a great idea to have some of it temporary so it is an exhibition for a while. Even permanent works are only up for ten years then be evaluated.Public art does have to be good and for the community to be involved in the whole process that leads to the final work.
  • andrew over 7 years ago
    It would be good to see more public art that is well designed, that is designed to last, significant in its relationship of abstract parts, powerful in its composition. If a work of art is permanent people will be looking at it for many years to come, surely the essential element to all visual art- its formal significance should also be built to last as well. Too much public art conforms to the fashions of the day, too much emphasis is put on the conceptual and not enough on the visual.
    • Stella over 7 years ago
      I agree that the work should stand on it's own compositionally as that is the only thing that lasts through the ages. I do also think it's a bonus if the art can work on many levels, and this may or may not involve some conceptual ideas and emotional connections.
      • andrew over 7 years ago
        Good to hear someone in this conceptual age, as they call it who understands the importance of the abstract composition in visual art. I agree art work on many levels though all these responses should be stimulated by form, the subject matter even in the most realistic of art still relies on the abstract design to bring the thing to life. Yes its the experience that is important but it is an experience in relation to form. i tend to dismiss the conceptual element because I don't think visual art is the proper medium to convey ideas, why not write it down and communicate it directly? Not to say you don't get ideas when you respond to a work of art, but i don't think you can say specific things with visual art for example the idea that one's work is about post colonial issues or the role of men in the twenty first century is an something I tend to scorn. However many, many of my contemporaries, i believe hold to this fallacy.
  • andrew over 7 years ago
    Timeless! Timeless! It should be timeless and it should be up forever -that's what sculpture is all about, why make a thing in stone or bronze if its not to last forever? This fashionable obsession with transient, throw away art is ridiculous. (Don't get me started on the conceptual) " A thing of beauty is a joy forever" -Johnny Keats I think and we're still reading him. Make more public art but make it well- make it as good as the Cycladic artists did 5 thousand years ago or the medieval relief carving on cathedral walls or Barbara Hepworth's abstract wonders but make it timeless and make it well. Yes! Yes ! Oh yes!
    • Jennyt over 7 years ago
      I understand your pleasure in the great works, but i think there is a place for the rule breakers, those testing out new ways of looking at the world, and transience is itself a commentary on throw away culture. Room for both, I would say.
      • andrew over 7 years ago
        I don't believe there are any rules as such, only when you are making visual art what it is made up of; its part which are visual forms should have a strong relationship to each other and together they should combine to make a powerful whole. Composition. That is essential whether you are making realistic or abstract work and if you choose to use visual art in any other way. I have no problem with any art work if its visually strong, and really why make visual art that is not visually strong? Regarding art as making a commentary on any specific thing such as throw away culture or whatever, how can visual art communicate ideas effectively, how can it really make commentary? Art at best can suggest themes but really these are not set in concrete, are open to opinion and interpretation. Art just doesn't communicate the same way as writing. If one wishes to comment on specific social issues surely it would be more effective to write it down. Visual arts strength is in stimulating powerful experiences in the viewer through form, if the form is weak the experience it follows is weak as well. Its true you will get ideas from the experience of art but to say the artist is in control of of these ideas to the degree that you can use art to comment on the world I think is a bit far fetched.
  • Mona over 7 years ago
    Yes I do. Sculpture by the sea has worked very well in Sydney and Byron did one for a short while which got alot of people-families and friends out and walking along the path on the ocean front and viewing the works. I think this could work very well with our beautiful Clarence River. There is a walk along several areas of the main town where sculptures could be placed. If it is more of an exhibition with selected artists and proposals with prize money, this could generate income and tourism to our region. you can never please everyone but at least a short term competition could get the idea rolling. Perhaps the winner could be acquired. and their could be a peoples choice award.