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Public Art in Knox

Knox City Council has an enduring commitment to building a culturally rich and engaged community through the arts. Well ahead of many other local councils, it began regularly installing public and community artworks as an integrated element within local landscapes from the late 1970s.

In 2008, Council began reviewing its achievements and processes for delivery of public art. Public artworks had been continuously installed for three decades; however, the artworks and acquisition processes applied were not driven by a consistent vision and were not universally applied. Knox City Council developed and adopted its first Public Art Policy in 2013. The Policy is Council’s public statement of commitment to an ongoing public art development program. It is an acknowledgment of the value Council places on public art and it sets the broad parameters for the planning and delivery of culturally appropriate artworks in publicly accessible places and spaces across the municipality. It is recognition that these days, the term ‘public art’ refers to a broad range of arts activities and art forms in the public realm.

In 2017, Council endorsed the Knox Public Art Implementation Plan. The Public Art Plan is the ‘instruction manual’ for the implementation of a public art program that reflects the Knox community’s ambition for a distinctive, celebrated, creative and beautiful city. The endorsement of the Public Art Policy and Public Art Plan by Council provides a strategic approach to the development and delivery of public art throughout Knox.

Image of The Billboard at the Knox Skate and BMX Park
Image of Marie Wallace Reserve Artwork

In situ already are variety of public art works commissioned as part of previous capital works projects, and community projects including Marie Wallace Reserve Murals by David Booth (aka Ghostpatrol) and Carla McRae completed in June 2018. Regular public art programs such as Immerse and the Wall to Wall Mentoring Program continue to contribute temporary and permanent public art works to Knox via installations, murals, exhibitions and projects.

The Billboard at Gilbert Park Drive Skate Park and the Light boxes at Cinema Lane, Boronia are also platforms which allow for the rotation of art in the public domain.

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