City draws up short list for build­ing art

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

The Red Earth Arts Precinct con­struc­tion site is more than 25 per cent com­plete.

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