Public Art in Casey

The Public Art Program

The City of Casey’s Public Art Program offers a dynamic and varied approach to the use of art to create meaningful places that celebrate our city’s community, heritage, innovation and environment. 

Public art ranges from permanent sculptural works to temporary digital installations.

Some features of the current program include:

  • Integration of public art into Casey’s natural and built environment by embedding it into the planning processes
  • The allocation of one percent (1%) of funding to the development of site-specific public art projects for all new Community capital works projects over $1million dollars
  • Commitment to high quality public artworks through standards of innovation and excellence across all aspects of the commissioning process
  • Development of a public art collection that is progressive, innovative, contemporary, challenging and stimulating, and that explores a variety of mediums, scales and approaches
  • Fostering of a sense of identity and pride in public spaces within the City of Casey

Commission Opportunities

Author & Illustrator Brief - The Autumn Place Project

The City of Casey is seeking a suitably qualified artist to undertake local research centred on the history, cultural diversity and aspirations of the community to inform the development of a two to three hundred word illustrated children’s story. This is an exciting project for the City of Casey, valued at $10K ($10,000).

For more information or to submit an expression of interest please visit the Smartygrants portal.

Expression of Interest closes Sunday 4 June.

Story of Bunjil Animated Film Project

The City of Casey is seeking a suitably qualified artist to develop a series of short animated films depicting the stories of Bunjil as expressed by the three First Nation Land Councils connected to the municipality. This is an exciting project for the City of Casey, valued at $20K ($20,000 +GST).

The successful artist will be awarded the opportunity to design, develop and deliver a series of short animated films within the budget and timeframe specified in this brief.

The artwork will respond to the City of Casey’s requirements around commissioning artworks, encouraging original artworks that reflect aspects of the area’s unique heritage, attributes of local neighbourhoods and aspirations of its communities through a diversity of contemporary art forms.

For more information or to submit an expression of interest please visit the Smartygrants portal.

Expression of Interest closes Sunday 18 June.

Past projects 

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'Journey' by Carla Gottgens (2015)


Here the suitcases represent the population of Cranbourne West. The cases are grouped together in ever larger groupings to show how the culture of the area has expanded to embrace the many people who have come to call Cranbourne West home. In each grouping there is a suitcase representing the traditional owners of this area, the Bunurong people.

On each suitcase is a baggage tag or sticker symbolizing the Cranbourne West's many cultures. The symbols range from items present in folklore to identifiable cultural symbols. For the Bunurong, Waarn, the black crow, was the keeper of the waterways, he is represented here with black feathers on each of the Bunurong cases.

In our lifetimes we all travel, whether it is geographically, emotionally or spiritually. These suitcases represent the journeys of those from nearby and around the world.

 

Cranbourne West Family and Community Centre,
Bradman Ave, Cranbourne West
 

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'Rowan Park Mural' by Bonsai, Twoone & Ghost Patrol (2014)


 
 The Rowan park mural features a selection of spray painted animals and characters set in a bright coloured, gradient background that highlights and compliments the local parklands and landscapes.
 

 Rowan Park Reserve, 148 Kidds Road, Doveton
 

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'eXert' by Jonathan Leahey (2016)

Muscle is the driving factor in this kinetic sculpture it is based on human movement. eXert is  inspired by muscle and tendon systems that enable our existence. It is an interactive exploration into physical movement at 10m high this installation creates a local sports identity   – eXert is unique, kinetic, self sustainable. Observable from a distance, engaging robust and accessible to the casual observer but inviting deeper consideration on a more complex conceptual level over time.  

Carlisle Park, Majestic Blvd, Cranbourne

 
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'Touch' by Paul D Johnson (2013)

 

This sculpture alludes to the energy and movement in the nearby sport fields.

The two arcs describe enormous energy meeting at a point of compressed power. The shapes also echo the oval grounds nearby while framing the landscape.

The plasma-cut drawings are replicas of sport themed drawings provided by children from the City of Casey.

 

 

Marriott Waters Recreation Reserve, Boland Drive, Lyndhurst

 
 
 

'SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY ' by Col Henry (2015)

 

The brief called for an iconic work that would resonate with the Community around Selandra Rise Community Centre. Commissioned by Casey Council, the work uses as its main symbolic reference, the concept of growth in this new and developing area. The Centre has a large attendance from young children, and the four horizontal elements are designed to engage the children, while they explore the meanings and symbolic referenced embedded in the work. The right hand image shows the work just after installation and before the lawn was installed.

 The four 'PLAY' elements are named, Uluru, The Peanut, The Slippery Slide and The Cove.

These low lying works average approximately 1.5 meters long and are filled with concrete to allow a robust interaction with the users of the facility. The 'Mirror Polished' organically formed 'stripes' embedded on the 'Satin Polished' surfaces, represent the 'Journeys that people take during their lives', and reinforces the concept of 'Coming together as a Community', building in strength and potential.

The Main vertical feature is over 5 meters tall, and has LED lighting, and symbols sourced from the Pre School and Playgroup participants. These delightfully naive symbols are of their family members, and add a 'local' site specific connection. The works are fabricated from several types of high quality stainless steel, including a stainless steel that has a unique and robust patina often mistaken for wood or rusted steel, developed by the Artist over many years. 

 

Selandra Rise Family & Children’s Centre,  45 Haflinger Avenue, Clyde North

 
 
 

'Paying Homage' by Yvonne George (2008)

 

Paying Homage depicts the land in times of drought; the cracked earth, the bare tree with leaves fallen. This is what nature does to preserve life for the tree in times of a drought. The inspiration for this piece came from looking into a small pool of water in a dam and seeing the reflection of the trees with the parched earth around its edges.
 

Sierra Estate Mannavue Boulevard, Cranbourne

 
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'Iron Landscape' by Anderson Hunt (2008)

 

This installation commemorates the landing of the Cranbourne Meteorites;
a remarkable phenomena that occurred in Casey which is significant both to Bunurong culture and scientific history.

Three iconic steel trees reflect remnant eucalypts, standing as silent reminders of the past. On the edge of the terrace an ancient wetland is transformed by the impact of meteorites, represented by eight cast iron forms. 

 

Casey RACE, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East

 

 

 

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'Hampton Park Youth Mural' by Adrian Doyle, Darcy Cavage, SEB Fransz & young people from the Hampton Park Youth Centre (2015)

 
This art work is the culmination of a number of workshops at the Hampton Park Youth Centre. Young people worked with professional artists from Blender Studios to realize their ideas onto the wall of the Youth Centre. 

Hampton Park Youth Centre, 22 – 26 Stuart Avenue, Hampton Park
 

 
 
 

'The Welcoming Wings ' by James Cattell (2014)

 

Inspired by childhood games, these sculptures are designed to be interactive, tactile and playful. They combine to form a cheerful welcoming committee that will greet and farewell the centre’s users each day.

Hopefully the characters will behave themselves, so that they are allowed to become friends and honorary members of the Arbourlea family community. 

 

 

Arbourlea Family & Children’s Centre, Corner of Wheelers Park Drive & Arbourlea Boulevard, Cranbourne North

 
 
 

'Urban Rhythm' by Anderson Hunt (2006)

 

Urban Rhythm was commissioned to complement and celebrate the building of The Factory - Rehearsal centre for the Arts.

Created by Anderson Hunt at Down Street Studios, Urban Rhythm reflects the changing landscape of Cranbourne and
the movement of energy generated by the performers
in the Centre, and is located in the foyer of the building
 

 

Foyer of The Factory Rehearsal Centre for the Arts , 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranbourne East
 
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'Field Landings' by Ian Bracegirdle and Mothers Art (2011)

 

This playful installation brings athletics activities out of the stadium. Oversized javelins protrude from the ground as if they were thrown by a giant athlete. The large steel shot-put pushes aside the earth as it lands creating mounds and ripples. 
 

Casey Fields Regional Athletics Centre, Berwick Cranbourne Road, East Cranbourne

 
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'Team Work' by Mothers Art (2006)

 

Team Work is a dynamic sculptural piece designed by Mothers Art Productions for the Casey Fields Complex.

Composed of five vertical poles with cross elements, the artwork reflects the spirit of sporting teams as human forms proudly arch their chests and extend their arms around each others’ shoulders as they form a tight group.

 

Berwick - Cranbourne Road,
Cranbourne

 
 
 

 
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'Eve' by Simon Perry (2008)

 

This six metre sculpture was created for the Eve housing estate. Playing on the concept of Eve as a living garden, this quirky sculpture depicts a tree-like structure composed of garden implements.
 

Glassocks Rd and William Thwaites Blvd, Cranbourne North

 
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'Thrones of Youth' by Anuradha Patel (2008)

 

These vibrant seats celebrate the young people of Casey.

Over a three year period, 32 young people worked with the artist in all processes of the artwork from the initial research and design to final completion and installation of three seats.
The seats were unveiled
during National Youth Week in 2008.

 

The Factory Rehearsal Centre for the Arts, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East
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Near cinema entrance to Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, Magid Drive, Narre Warren
 

 
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'The Whale Tale' by Cameron Robins & Anderson Hunt (2000)

 

Artist, Anderson Hunt from Down Street Studios, worked collaboratively with students from Eumemmerring Secondary College to develop this sculpture for the Endeavour Hills Library.

Themes of Captain Cook’s boat “The Endeavour”, acknowledgment of the original owners of the land and reconciliation formed the basis for the overall design and the embedded images which were created by the students.

 

Endeavour Hills Leisure Centre,
Raymond McMahon Boulevard,
Endeavour Hills
 

 
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'Autumn Leaf Shelter' by Grant Finck (2003)

 

Funded by VicHealth, the City of Casey commissioned artists Grant Finck and Irene Wellm to work with the Doveton community to develop a public artwork. 

The Doveton community expressed a desire for the artwork to reflect the community's love of trees and their gardens; and to be of practical use; a meeting place for Autumn Place.

 

Autumn Place, Doveton

 
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'Commonwealth Games Leatherback Turtle' by Mothers Art (2008)

 

As part of the spectacular opening on the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, 72 fish sculptures were set on the Yarra River.
Each fish represented a competing nation. 

Three of these fish were gifted to the City of Casey by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government and have now been restored for permanent display.

 

Outside Casey ARC, Magid Dr Narre Warren

 
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'Rebound' by Grant Finck (2010)

 

The concept for this artwork was developed with members of the Narre Warren South Tennis Club. Enjoyed by the visitors to the centre as part of tennis week activities.

Composed of steel and resin, the work captures the moment in time when a tennis ball hits a racquet and rebounds.


Narre Warren South Tennis
School Court
Narre Warren South
 

 
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'Reeds' by Andrew Scollo and RMIT students (2001)


This artwork, composed of what appears to be randomly places vertical poles, has been carefully calculated to emulate the organic growth of reeds in water.

Formed from naturally rusting steel, the reed-like structures refer to both the nearby lake and aquatic centre.


Rear of Narre Warren Library, Magid Drive, Narre Warren

 
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'Pride and Passion' by Jenny Steiner (2009)

 

Celebrating community sports, this artwork reflects the pride and passion of players, supporters, club members, families, friends and supporters who turn out every week to urge their team on. 

This crafted stainless steel artwork combines the dynamic elements of sport such as the arc of the ball, dimensions of the pitch and vertical goal posts with finely etched images. Laser cut words capture the expressions of some of the community users of the reserve when talking about their sport.


Narre Warren North Recreation Reserve Pavilion,
203a Belgrave Hallam Road, Narre Warren North
 

 
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'Commonwealth Games Dolphin Fish' by Mothers Art (2008)

 

As part of the spectacular opening on the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, 72 fish sculptures were set on the Yarra River.
Each fish represented a competing nation. 

Three of these fish were gifted to the City of Casey by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government and have now been restored for permanent display.


Outside the Torradin Hotel, Sth Gippland Hwy, Tooradin

 
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'Fun Family and Friendship' by Jenny Steiner (2011)


This artwork celebrates the community connections made by participants and families at the Prospect Hill Junior Soccer club. Assembled from a variety of treated steels pieces and influenced by the mathematical design of a soccer ball, the work includes etched images of the club members during play.

Prospect Hill Recreation Reserve
Narre Warren North
 

 
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'FUSE' by Natalie Kosnar (2011)

 

Adorning the entrance to Casey’s iconic Shed Skate Park, this dynamic stainless steel design reflects the rhythmic and organic lines created by the movement of riders and skaters. A group of young creative people worked with the artist to develop the design and create their own artworks on skateboards as part of the project.

The Shed Skate Park, 65 Berwick-Cranbourne Road, Cranboure East

 
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'Thookay Gunditj' by Vicki Couzens (2008)

 

Thookay Gunditj (meaning place of children) was created by artist Vicki Couzins to celebrate the significance of Ochre to indigenous culture and commemorate the Land as a place where families gathered for centuries to collect ochre. The work depicts two dancers with a possum skin cloak etched with designs created by the kindergarten children.

Foyer of Hunt Club Childrens Centre,
40 Broad Oak Drive, Cranbourne East
 

 
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'Beyond First Glance' by Anne Riggs (2010)

 

This series of five stunning mosaics feature marble and handmade tiles by the artist. Depict elements from the natural environment, the works span the entrance to the children’s centre, offering a gallery of surprises as viewers are encouraged to look beyond the first glance to discover a myriad of hidden details.

Gwendoline Childrens Centre, Gwendoline Drive, Berwick

 
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More information 

For information about current public art projects, or if you would like to be community member on a public art group, please contact the City of Casey's Arts Development Officer on 9705 5200.