A FORMATION of stainless steel pillars topped with synthetic grass has been installed at Transvaal Square on Geelong’s waterfront as part of the council’s effort to revitalise the city.
The artwork Grassy Knoll was created by artists Lani Fender and Damien Elderfield to “create a key pedestrian linkage between the CBD and the waterfront”.
Ms Fender said it was an interactive piece that allowed people to look at their reflections and see themselves in the environment.
“The design idea was established from an exhibition in 2012; it was a landscape piece, and the idea was that you walk through it. It’s an artificial landscape in a natural environment. The idea works well with the council’s objective to link the city together,” she said.
Ms Fender said that it’s appeal to children and the idea of them playing amongst the artwork was “heart-warming”.
In terms of public safety, Mr Elderfield said there shouldn’t be an issue as the pillars were structurally sound and had been reinforced. He hopes people will fight the urge to run across them.
Dr Kathy Alexander, Chair Administrator of the City of Greater Geelong, said she was proud to unveil new artworks across Geelong as they play a big role in its identity and future.
“Art is an important conversation starter and it’s an essential part of ensuring Geelong is recognised as a Clever and Creative city into the future,” she said.
“By incorporating art sculptures, murals and other artistic points of interest, we add to the vibrancy and creativity of central Geelong. The community’s future vision for Geelong is to become a Clever and Creative City and public art is one way we can turn this vision into reality.”