Art bid for Baysy

• Cr Chris Cornish beside an unnamed artwork at Riverside Gardens—one of the few public art pieces in Bayswater. Photo by Jeremy Dixon

• Cr Chris Cornish beside an unnamed artwork at Riverside Gardens—one of the few public art pieces in Bayswater. Photo by Jeremy Dixon

BAYSWATER city council wants more public art in the city.

There is only a handful of public art pieces across the municipality and the council has no public art policy.

The council is proposing the developers of any commercial, non-residential or mixed use project costing more than $1 million contribute at least one per cent of the cost to the creation of a public art piece.

The proposal is modelled on Vincent’s “per cent for art scheme”.

The art can be freestanding, integrated into the building exterior or a functional object.

“Public art could be used as an effective tool in developing and promoting community identity; improving the quality and amenity of the built environment; enhancing the social, cultural and economic value of the city and generating public awareness and discussion of the value of art and design,” mayor Terry Kenyon says.

Celebration—a series of silver spheres in the civic centre’s reflection pond—is one of the few public art pieces in Bayswater.

It was nicknamed “D’Orazio’s Balls” after former mayor John D’Orazio.

Cr Chris Cornish says a public art policy will add vitality to the growing city.

“I have always been a believer in the benefits of public art and how it helps beautify areas which is why I was happy to support this motion,” he says.

“I am hopeful this is something all the residents and ratepayers will benefit from and appreciate.”

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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