Bay Trail Public Art Project
Over the coming months, the City of Kingston will be exploring opportunities for professional artists to celebrate and create points of interest alongside the new Bay Trail, and we need your input!
Options for these artworks could include anything from sculptural works, artworks integrated into the existing path and surrounds, as well as augmented reality apps for smartphones that could lead community members on a self-guided tour along sections of the shared pedestrian/cycling path.
So far, Council has explored initial ideas for the artworks and sought the artistic input from two artists, Deb McNaughton and Glenn Romanis, who have provided preliminary ideas for potential artworks along the trail. Please note these artworks are only concepts and will be shaped and informed by your feedback.
It is also worth noting that the post-colonial history of the area has been well documented and celebrated through Council projects such as the Mentone and Mordialloc Walking Trails, and the Pioneer Coastal Arts Project. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore new content and cultural stories previously untold.
Below are the early concepts that have been presented. Please note: these are indicative concepts only and will be refined based on community feedback and creative workshops. Some concepts are in more advanced stages than others.
Option A: Bench seat sculptures
Indigenous sculptor Glenn Romanis presents three interactive and site-specific sculptures, for the reserve located at the end of Charman Road, Mentone. The first are large fossilised megalodon shark tooth bench seats (image 3-4) which celebrates the 5.5 million-year-old fossil rich sandstone cliffs that stretch from Beaumaris down to Mentone Beach, and the important legacy of the prehistoric animals that once lived there. The second sculpture is a meeting place and functional human sundial (images 5-6), which allows community members to read the time using their own shadows. The sundial would also feature a detailed map of the natural shoreline stretching down to Carrum. Glenn is an artist experienced in community consultation and would liaise directly with the community and relevant stakeholders in the delivery of any artworks.
For more information about the artist, please visit: glennromanis.com