Public art - Caroline Springs and surrounds

Dynamic Life

Artist: Julie Stevens
Year: 2011
Location: Burnside Heights Recreation Reserve Community Pavilion, Tenterfield Drive, Burnside Heights
Commissioned by: Melton City Council

Dynamic Life is an abstract and contemporary mosaic that represents ideas about play, physical engagement. Created in partnership with Kororoit Creek Primary school and YMCA kindergarten, Julie engaged the young students in two experiential workshops to develop the design aspirations for the work, which demonstrated their relationship to the site and their community.

Cypress Views Chainsaw Art

Artist: John Brady
Year: 2008 / 2009
Location: Cypress Views, cnr The Avenue & Vincent Way, Caroline Springs
Commissioned by: Delfin Lend Lease

During the construction of the Cypress Views Estate, 4 Monterey Cypress Trees were identified as dying and beyond rehabilitation. Instead of removing the trees, it was identified that they would be ideal for chainsaw art sculptures. In preparation, they trimmed and lopped to a height of approximately 3 metres. Community consultation identified broad themes of children, animals, local flora along with the indigenous and farming history of Caroline Springs.

On Tap

Artist: Simon Perry
Year: 2007
Location: Lake Reserve, Lake Street, Caroline Springs
Commissioned by: Delfin Lend Lease

Simon Perry is a Melbourne sculptor with an emerging reputation as one of Australia’s distinctive public artists. Born in London, Perry commenced his career in public sculpture in the UK, with commissions at Canary Wharf and the Economist Building. Simon created the well known Public Purse in Bourke St Melbourne; his work combines a Pop Art sensibility with a critical interest in urban environments and contemporary monuments. He uses familiar, tactile objects, fragments of everyday experience rendered extraordinary by their situation, solidness and scale.

The Village Playground: Mosaic

Artist: Libby McKinnon
Year: 2007
Location: 25-61 Tenterfield Drive, Burnside Heights
Commissioned by: VicUrban

The Village Playground is a custom designed play space that encourages children to touch, look, listen, explore and interact within their surroundings. Libby McKinnon's mosaic artworks provide a secret entrance to the playground. The mosaic designs were drawn from a community workshop held with the residents, with children invited to complete drawings that expressed their feelings and experiences of living in Tenterfield. The play space aims to activate children’s bodies and stimulate their minds through creating unique play opportunities.

The Village Playground: Little Cars

Artist: Miriam Porter
Year: 2006
Location: 25-61 Tenterfield Drive, Burnside Heights
Commissioned by: VicUrban

Miriam created three custom cars within the Village Playground that are integrated art; acting as both an artwork and a piece of play equipment. Carved from wood, there is a Noddy Car made from sequoia, a fire engine and van with a bat in the back, both from cypress.

Modern Fossils of the Western Plains

Artist: Paul Blizzard
Year: 2006
Location: Bungaree Track and Tenterfield Drive, Tenterfield Estate, Burnside Heights
Commissioned by: VicUrban

Paul created 5 bronze fossils, imbedded into a bluestone and basalt rock footing along the Bungaree Track. Paul's `Invented Fossils' series of work places modern objects hidden amongst the fossils, suggesting that our present culture could have existed before. Paul's work expresses ideas about the impact past, present and future generations have on the environment.

Rhythm & Seed: Themeda Grasslands

Artist: Rudi Jass
Year: 2006
Location: Themeda Grasslands, The Avenue & Holland Way, Caroline Springs
Commissioned by: Delfin Lend Lease

Native grasslands are the single most endangered ecosystem in Australia. In Caroline Springs, this ecosystem is protected in the Themeda Grasslands. The two sculptures, rhythm and seed, reflect different lifecycles stages of the native grasslands species.

Words for Water

Artist: Charles Anderson
Year: 2006
Location: Caroline Springs Library & Civic Centre, cnr Caroline Springs Blvd & Lake St, Caroline Springs
Commissioned by: Melton City Council

Words for Water offers a meditation on the value of water to our cities, and its universal necessity to all cultures. By inscribing and fusing each word, it conveys an optimistic vision of how new communities can grow and overlap together. Each word, begun by one and sometimes completed by another, forms a continuing amalgam of language and meaning that will evolve. Individual words overlap to form new meaning collectively enriched much like the value of new cultures and experience within our context.

Words for Water conveys through a universal archetype (the house), an inherent tension of an impending (but avoidable) environmental tragedy. By turning it upside down, pivoting it on its roof and hovering above the ground the form conveys our disequilibrium with the environment and our use of natural resources, heralding the need for action within each of us.

Flower Series: The Parks

Artist: Martin Hodge
Year: 2004
Location: Hilltop Park, cnr Viridian Dve & Kinetic Ave (2) and Outlook Park, Domain Drive, Hillside
Commissioned by: Stockland Development

In 2004, Martin Hodge developed a series of sculptures for The Park Estate in Hillside, including: kinetic wing, the flower series, wing and the light tower. Nine flowers were created; they were initially installed at the entrance of the estate on the Melton Hwy. In 2007 they were relocated to the Hilltop Park and Outlook Park.

Wing and Arch

Artist: Martin Hodge
Year: 2004
Location: Hilltop Park, Kinetic Drive, Hillside
Commissioned by: Stockland Development

Wing and Arch is one of two aviation themed sculptures in The Parks, celebrating the first powered controlled flight in Australia by Harry Houdini in 1910 at Diggers Rest. The structure incorporates the symbols of a wing and an entranceway. The sculpture was initially located at corner Melton Hwy and The Parks, being moved to its present location in 2007.

Kinetic Wing

Artist: Martin Hodge
Year: 2004
Location: Outlook Park, Domain Drive, Hillside
Commissioned by: Stockland Development

After seeing an original version of Kinetic Wing at the Moreland sculpture show in 2002, Stockland Development commissioned Martin to undertake a series of public art works. Two of the works, Kinetic Wing and Wing and Arch, aim to highlight the aviation history of the area, renown for the exploits of Jimmy Melrose and Harry Houdini. Kinetic Wing moves through the lifting action of an aerofoil on a central shaft and counterbalance.

Cone Light Tower

Artist: Martin Hodge
Year: 2004
Location: Grandview Park, cnr Banchory Ave & The Parks, Hillside
Commissioned by: Stockland Development

One of a series of 4 sculptures for The Parks Estate, Martin designed the light tower to be a land mark for the entrance to the estate, with the open top of the sculpture emitting light in the manor of a beacon.