Cape Paterson - Public Art Commission
This exciting and new artwork is now being installed and expected to be completed by the end of July 2021, subject to contractor availability, weather and COVID restrictions. This $50,000 project was funded through Council’s Capital works program 2019/20.
“Time” (working title) was commissioned by Council as part of its annual public art commissioning program, guided by the Sites and Themes Plan, which designated this year’s location to be Cape Paterson. The work was selected by a Selection Panel made up of local community members, Councillors and members of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. The EOI for the Cape Paterson Public Art Commission was open to suitably experienced artists.
Local artist – Joe Donohue was successful in securing the commission ahead of a competitive field. The work places an array of corten steel rib-like forms into the Cape Paterson foreshore reserve. The work is elegantly aligned with the desire to provide a place statement, a symbolic identity.
Suitably abstract, it is not intended to be considered as one particular theme or viewed from one particular direction or angle. It is deliberately open for interpretation. Perhaps described as a grove or an abstract nest. Individual ribs recognised in the Lomandra and poa grass strands indigenous to the area. An architectural bower, a nostalgic nod to the tea tree lined tracks that wind along the foreshore, their ropey tunnelled paths patched and knotted with light and shade. The intention is to harness that sentimental embrace.
This new artwork is to be located on the foreshore area beside the shared pathway and adjacent to the shopping precinct along Surf Beach Road, Cape Paterson. Please see below a concept design of the artwork and location for the artwork.