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Explore the range of public art pieces scattered throughout our municipality, guided by our Public Art Policy. The policy demonstrates a commitment to public art in Maroondah and responds to the community's desire for traditional and contemporary art forms in a public setting.

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San Carlos Art Box Project

Off Main Street, Croydon

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Amy McLelland, Wallflower (detail / installation view)

The San Carlos Artboxes are a pair of Wall-mounted lightboxes in Croydon, presenting a changing program of contemporary artworks. Applications from artists interested in exhibiting in the artboxes are sought throughout the year. Read more about the application process

H.E Parker mural

H.E. Parker Multisports Pavilion, Heathmont

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Untitled mural (detail), Ash Keating, acrylic, 2019

Ash Keating’s dynamic mural complements and blends with the surrounding landscape, changing as light and shade move across it. Painted using Keating’s unique technique, the mural adopts the colours of the H. E. Parker Reserve bushland, creating an abstract colour field filled with surprising details. 

A Weight of Albatross

Realm, level 2 (179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood)

A Weight of Albatross

A Weight of Albatross, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, steel & acrylic, 2018

Louise Jennison and Gracia Haby’s Albatrosses take flight above the Realm staircase. What at first glance appear to be the directional strokes of feathers, resolve as a tangle of lines evocative of plastic debris ingestion.

In seabird populations where coastlines are closest to loosely-concentrated collections of ocean debris in the southern Pacific, southern Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, almost every bird has ingested plastics. Bird populations, and related biodiversity, are at risk because of the impacts of waste plastics on marine environments. On one level A Weight of Albatross represents the magnificence of these wonderful birds. But the artwork also poses serious questions about how we value and protect our natural heritage for future generations.

Mullum Mullum the Owl

Mullum Trail, Ringwood (at Acacia Crt)

Mullum Mullum the Owl, William Eicholtz, Bronze & crystal, 2017

Mullum Mullum the Owl, William Eicholtz, Bronze & crystal, 2017

Award winning sculptor, William Eicholtz, created this bronze in response to the bushland setting of the Mullum Mullum Creek. It depicts a Powerful Owl, a species native to the Mullum Mullum Creek catchment. The Owl was commissioned as part of drainage and stormwater management works in Ringwood. It casts its watchful eye over cyclists and pedestrians using the Trail and the footbridge over the Creek.

GlowB

Wyreena, 13-23 Hull Road Croydon

Glowb, Benjamin Gilbert & Playce, Stainless Steel & acrylic, 2017

Glowb, Benjamin Gilbert & Playce, Stainless Steel & acrylic, 2017

GlowB, a collaboration between playspace designers, Playce, and artist Benjamin Gilbert, was awarded best cubby at the 2017 Melbourne Flower and Garden Show - primarily because it is so much more than a cubby. GlowB is interactive public art at its best, standing alone as a sculptural element within Wyreena’s mature gardens, but happy being climbed over, and into.

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos

Longview Road, Croydon South

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos, Rob Bast, carved acacia stump, 2018
Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos, Rob Bast, carved acacia stump, 2018

This artwork celebrates the ongoing significance of an area of Croydon South originally subdivided by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahoney Griffin.

The subdivision’s gently winding roads remain the home for numerous significant mature trees, and an important habitat for local birds. When a large wattle was recently damaged by lightning, an opportunity emerged to use the stump to capture the essence of the area. Sculptor, Rob Bast, carved this magnificent pair of cockatoos over four days, working within the unique shape of the twin trunks of the old tree. 

Aquanation public art

Aquanation: Cnr Greenwood Avenue and Reilly Street, Ringwood

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Aquanation public art suite, Anna Minardo, 2015

This suite of artworks by artist Anna Minardo was installed as part of the construction of Maroondah’s diving and swimming facility Aquanation. The commissioning of these works represents a renewed commitment to public art in Maroondah.

Working closely with Aquanation’s architects, Anna designed two dramatic glass wall pieces. One adorns the lift well wall in the main lobby. The other wraps around one wall of the café area.

Complementing these works, Anna has designed two perforated screen elements at the Greenwood Avenue entrance. At ground level the crèche fence features abstracted images of waterplay, while the first floor screen depicts the dynamism of competitive swimmers.

Out of the Wood

Ringwood Station (Car park, Station St, opposite Platforms 1 & 2)

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Out of the Wood, Carla Gottgens with ArtScape community members, mural, 2016

Out of the Wood was conceived during a series of workshops conducted by Carla Gottgens with participants in the ArtScape program run by EACH (supporting young people with mental health issues). The artwork, funded by PTV and created with the support of VicRoads, features a series of mythical beasts in an imagined landscape of colourful patterns.

Stacked Houses

Realm (179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood)

Stacked Houses, James Voller, digital photographic print on vinyl, 2016

Stacked Houses, James Voller, digital photographic print on vinyl, 2016

James Voller’s Stacked Houses is a photographic installation that disrupts expectations of interior design and architecture by introducing streetscape details - the facades of three local houses - to the lift lobbies of Realm.

The artwork references the domestic history of Ringwood, depicting houses from three distinct architectural eras. Complementing these pieces is another surprise element for any users of the large rear lift at Realm, the interior of which has been treated to mimic a typical suburban lounge room.

Wyreena Playspace Artworks

Wyreena, 13-23 Hull Road Croydon

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Wyreena Playspace artworks, James Cattell, timber and mixed media, 2016

Artist, James Cattell worked with designers of the upgraded Wyreena playspace, to create a range of fascinating and playful sculptural elements including a bird's nest shelter and a range of carved creatures.

The works provide an imaginative layer for children at play, function as seats or climbing elements and integrate the formal play elements with the surrounding formal gardens. James also worked with the community to create a new entrance gateway featuring ceramic birds created by community members.

Cassini

Karralyka forecourt: Wilson Street, Ringwood East

Cassini, Charles O. Perry, Painted steel, 1978
Cassini, Charles O. Perry, Painted steel, 1978

 Charles O. Perry was a significant American sculptor and designer whose bold, yet fluid, modernist designs grace many major public buildings in the U.S., including Washington D.C.’s National Air and Space Museum.

There are only eight major works by Perry in Australia. Most of these, like Cassini, were commissioned by architect, Harry Seidler, as forecourt elements to his iconic buildings. Cassini is a unique artwork, and a fantastic example of abstract geometric modernism.
 

Leaf Cubby

 32 Federation Estate: Greenwood Street, Ringwood

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Leaf Cubby, Benjamin Gilbert, Stainless steel, 2012

Leaf Cubby is both a reflection of Maroondah’s natural assets, as represented by the indigenous gum leaf forms, and a playful take on the way children interact with their environment.

Both these elements resonate with its position, at the entrance to a community facility on the site of the former Ringwood Primary School. Benjamin Gilbert is a Melbourne based sculptor whose work often reflects elements of play and is strongly grounded in the environment.

Leaf Totems

Maroondah Federation Estate Courtyard, 32 Greenwood Street, Ringwood

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Leaf Totems, Jane du Rand, Ceramic, 2014

Jane Du Rand’s tactile ceramic creations have been installed in the US, Europe and Africa. Leaf Totems, her first major Australian public artwork was recently relocated and refurbished by the artist.

The Leaf totems were originally commissioned as part of Council’s flood mitigation works in Croydon in 2014, where its colourful depictions of native wildlife made it a popular work with local families. A new artwork will soon be installed at Leaf Totem’s former location in Croydon.

Heritage Tree Sculptures

Federation Estate: 32 Greenwood Street, Ringwood

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Heritage Tree Sculptures, Rod Jones & Kevin Gilder (with community assistance), Carved tree trunks, 2001
 

A component of the Sensory Time Trail at Maroondah Federation Estate, these images are carved directly into the trunks of a group of Cypress Pines which were removed during the construction of new community facilities at Federation Estate.

They feature historical elements of Ringwood, such as the history of the Ringwood Primary School and native fauna of significance to local Indigenous people.

Glen Park Playspace (Dean Bowen sculpture)

Glen Park: 30 Glen Park Rd, Bayswater North

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Boy with Owl and Playful Echidnas, Dean Bowen, Bronze, 2012

In keeping with its playspace location, Dean Bowen’s sculpture at Glen Park has a whimsical, picture book feel. Its scale allows young users of the playspace to interact with it on their own level.

Other examples of playspace art elements in Maroondah include carved bollards at Wyreena and musical interactive elements at Y-Space, Croydon.

13/09/2018
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