PUBLIC ART /
art + public space
POINT COOK TOWN CENTRE
Client: Stockland (Stage 2), VicUrban & Walker Corporation (Stage 1)
Artists: Robert Owen & Joanna Buckley (Stage 2) and Maree Clarke, Vicki Couzens & Jeph Neale (Stage 1)
Brecknock Consulting was engaged to curate and project manage two public art commissions for the Point Cook Town Centre, one of Australia’s most rapidly growing areas.
The Town Square is centrally located at the intersection of the two main streets, and provides a public realm focal point for the Point Cook Town Centre. This open air space is a popular place for informal gathering during both the day and evening for all people within the Town Centre including families, retirees, workers, students and young people, shoppers and visitors. Following an invited concept development process, artists Robert Owen and Joanna Buckley’s suspended artwork proposal, ‘Under the Sun’, for the Town Square was selected and installed in May 2014.
The Stage 1 site identified for the artwork lies at the border between the Town Centre and neighbouring wetland and recreational park. 'Frog Dreaming', the selected artwork by Indigenous artists Maree Clarke and Vicki Couzens working with Jeph Neale from Artery Cooperative, is an abstract representation of a mass of frog eggs, create from stainless steel spheres. The work is inspired by the Growling Grass frog, a species once common to the grasslands and wetlands of the Point Cook area, now endangered and threatened.