City draws up short list for building art
With the Red Earth Arts Precinct starting to take shape, the City of Karratha will decide on an artwork for the building southern facade and where to use $1.6 million worth of allocated funds.
At the February council meeting late last month, the City of Karratha placed four public artists on a short list to create an artwork for the precinct’s southern elevation building facade.
The four public artists were selected out of the 18 expression of interest submissions by the Public Art Advisory Group.
Based on their experience, high quality and inspiring artwork and detailed proposals, the advisory group has placed Wild by Nature, Safehaven Studios, GAP Art collective and Tim Macfarlane Reid, who has created sculptures at Karratha Senior High School and the Karratha Leisureplex, on the short list.
Artists will submit and present tenders for their artwork concepts and the City will select a single artists at the April council meeting.
In November last year, council accepted a public artwork from Brad Jackson which will feature in the internal stairwell of the main foyer.
The artwork will invoke the sense of water flowing and will include an installation of aluminium, glass, stainless-steel and a soundtrack of river and water sounds.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said public art was an important facet of all of the city’s public buildings and this piece will elevate the internal ambience of the building.
The City is also considering where to allocate extra funds in the Red Earth Arts Precinct project budget.
The project is under budget after the construction tender came in more than $1.6 million less than the pre-tender budget.
A list of additional goods and services has been put forward to the council by the Project Advisory group, including mobile bars and drink serveries, a digital lectern, a roundabout to Welcome Road and Sharpe Avenue, a concert grand piano and upgrades to the general fit-out.
The Red Earth Arts Precinct is set to be completed in mid-2018.
It will include a rooftop cinema and terrace, 450-seat performing arts theatre, outdoor amphitheatre and a library.
Speaking late last year, Mr Peter Long said the Red Earth Arts Precinct was an exciting project for the city and the wider Pilbara region, helping to put the city on the map as the only professional standard theatre between Geraldton and Darwin.
The Red Earth Arts Precinct construction site is more than 25 per cent complete.