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Find out the latest news about our public art installations and new works.  You can also see images and locations for some of our public artworks across Maroondah

Public art news

December 2018

Leaf Totems relocation

Leaf Totems, Jane du Rand, Ceramic, 2014

Maroondah's much loved Leaf Totems by Jane duRand's have been removed from Town Park for relocation. The Totems will appear in a new and more secure site in the new year, where it will be restored after being damaged by a number vandalism incidents.

We will be commissioning a replacement artwork for the Croydon site in 2019.

February 2018

More magnificent birds land in Maroondah

Cockatoos tree carving
Rob Bast’s Black Cockatoos, carved Acacia stump, Long View Rd Croydon South

In an area known for its significant trees, the loss of a mature Acacia to lightning strike might have been cause for regret. But working with the local community Council engaged sculptor Rob Bast to produce a lasting tribute to the fauna of this historically and ecologically important part of Maroondah. The result is two magnificent black cockatoos, hewn into the stump of the old tree. You can find these birds in Longview Rd, just south of Pleasant Rise.

July 2017

Launch of the Mullum Mullum Owl

Mullum Mullum owl
William Eicholtz’s Mullum Mullum the Owl, on the Mullum Mullum Trail at Acacia Crt, Ringwood

William Eicholtz’s bronze, stone and crystal sculpture, Mullum Mullum the Owl was installed in late June and officially launched earlier in July 2017. The works were funded as part of the Acacia Catchment Flood Mitigation Project.

We’re sure the work will become a favourite for the many walkers and cyclists who use the trail. In his speech at the launch Eicholtz emphasised the contribution civic public artworks make to the creation of great community spaces.

March 2017

New Commission For Ringwood

Mullum Mullum trail art
Artist’s mock-up of the sculpture in situ beside the Mullum Mullum Trail at Acacia Crt, Ringwood.

Following a call for proposals in late 2016, we have commissioned award winning sculptor, William Eicholtz, to produce a new public artwork as part of drainage and infrastructure works in Ringwood.

William will be creating a unique bronze and stone artwork based on the powerful owl, a species that is still seen in Maroondah. The work will be installed adjacent to the Mullum Mullum Trail where it will be enjoyed by cyclists, pedestrians and passers-by.

Eicholtz’s artwork adorns the street frontage of the Victorian County Court building in Melbourne. He has completed many major public artworks in Australia and overseas and was a winner of Australia’s most prestigious sculpture prize; The Helen Lempriere Prize, in 2005.

November 2016

Happy Keys at Ringwood Station


As part of the Community Stations project the fabulous ‘Happy Keys’ piano, painted by Maroondah young people, has been installed at Ringwood Station. Happy Keys is always happy to played, or simply admired. After stints at the 2015 and 2016 Maroondah Festivals, and gracing EVs Youth Centre in Croydon. Happy Keys will be at the entrance to Platform 1 at the station until the end of January, 2017.

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