art + public space




Client: St Clair Joint Venture

Landscape Architect: Oxigen

Artist: Matthew Harding


St Clair is a 64 hectare residential development located 8km west of the Adelaide CBD. Comprising approximately 1200 new dwellings in the form of houses, townhouses and apartments, including 15% affordable housing, St Clair is estimated to become home to some 3,000 residents.


The development is located on the former Cheltenham Racecourse site, Cheltenham and the former Sheridan/Actil site, Woodville. Brecknock Consulting was engaged to provide public art advice to the St Clair Joint Venture and manage the artwork commissioning process, which proposed to commission site-specific works of contemporary public art within the St Clair development to enhance and distinguish the significant public realm areas.


Recognising that art in public places can make a significant cultural contribution to the public realm, an art commission program was developed to express the distinctive features and values of this parkland village, including site heritage, biodiversity and the natural environment, local community identity and aspirations. Opportunities for the integration of artwork within the Town Square and Rail Plaza were identified, and Victorian artist Matthew Harding was engaged for the commission. The first artwork completed was for the Town Square, 'Reels of Time' is a pair of stainless steel sculptures based on the cones of thread used in the Actil textile factory.