Artwork created by local children features in new light boxes installed at Ferntree Gully Village as part of a plan to beautify the shopping precinct.
The inaugural light box art exhibition in Horologist Lane is part of Council’s Creative Placemaking Project, which uses the arts to activate public spaces, eliminate graffiti, and build on the unique identity of the village with community and public art installations.
Council has developed a draft Ferntree Gully Placemaking Plan in consultation with community members who told us they want to see the return of the once-vibrant historic township and the village become a strong tourism destination as a gateway to the Dandenong Ranges.
The plan uses art to beautify and create interest in Ferntree Gully and improve community safety within key pedestrian walkways.
Local children created the artwork during workshops focusing on local nature themes, which were facilitated by environmental artist Joanne Mott.
Children explored plant types in surrounding bushland, collected specimens and discovered ways to press plants for preservation. From dried plant samples, they created artwork depicting local fauna.
The light boxes in Horologist Lane are permanent and will allow the community to contribute temporary exhibitions for future display.
Council is seeking community feedback on the Ferntree Gully Creative Placemaking Plan via the Knox Have Your Say portal until 11 September 2022.