Newhaven - Public Art Program
Notice of Works
Bass Coast Shire Council wish to advise the installation of new public art work in Newhaven is about to begin.
Due to a number of significant delays in securing the necessary permits and COVID restrictions, this exciting and new artwork is about to start onsite early August 2021 and take up to 3 weeks to complete the installation, subject to contractor availability, favourable weather and unforeseen COVID restrictions. This project was funded through Council’s Capital Works Program 2020/21 in the order of $50,000.
This new artwork is to be located on the foreshore area, near the corner of Forrest Avenue and Seafarers Way, Newhaven. A peg has been placed to indicate the location of the new sculpture. See location of site and engineering concept design below.
Alpha is a new public artwork by renowned Australian artist Geoffrey Bartlett.
“Alpha” was commissioned by Bass Coast Shire 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 Newhaven 2021. 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 Newhaven Public Art Commission was open to suitably experienced artists.
Mr Bartlett is an established artist with an international reputation. He has been practicing professionally for over 40 years. His sculptures are poetic constructions, made from robust metals. They are strong, elegant and durable.
Mr Bartlett has pieces on show across Australia and internationally and he has also lectured in Sculpture at numerous Victorian Universities.
“My proposal for the Newhaven Public Art Commission sculpture draws a connection between the past and present of the Newhaven precinct, through the poetic interpretation of the local maritime history,” Mr Bartlett said. “Throughout my career as a sculptor, I have created a number of works that explore the inspiration from shipbuilding, river ways and navigation.”
“Through the medium of sculpture I have explored the concept of latent energy as a central motif. As a result, my sculptures exist as kinetic forms and appear as if caught in mid-passage, moving from A to B in constant motion.”
In this sculpture, the sails of Alpha appear to billow, as if drawing on the wind from the ocean to provide its harbour passage.
“The name for this sculpture, Alpha, pays homage to the first locally owned vessel, a cutter built in 1841. Alpha makes direct connections to the area’s maritime past, whilst communicating through its contemporary aesthetic with the area’s new and dynamic future.”
Our community, local residents, businesses and other stakeholders will be kept up to date with the project via our website www.basscoast.vic.gov.au
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