Geelong’s latest addition to its public art collection

'Grassy Knoll' art installation at Transvaal Square. Image: Lionel Baker

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.

Damien Elderfield and Lani Fender at the site of ‘Grassy Knoll’ before its completion. Image: Lionel Baker

“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.

Damien Elderfield on the site of ‘Grassy Knoll’. Image: Lionel Baker

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.”

‘Scouts’ by Mark Cuthbertson. Image: Geelong Australia website
Part of a collection of seven art pieces to go up around Geelong, the first in the series was a sculpture of bunnies installed on the corner of La Trobe Terrace and Lt Malop St, Scouts by Mark Cuthbertson.
The Grassy Knoll has been likened to the holocaust memorial in Berlin, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Ms Fender said she had received a similar response before from her father, who is an architect.
View through the middle of ‘Grassy Knoll’. Image: Lionel Baker
“It’s kind of flattering; it’s good that people look at it and remember something else,” she said.
“It’s really small, and it seems a bit of a hazard. If it’s supposed to be something kids can interact with, why not
build a playground?” – Ashlee, Perth
“It looks like a city with a sort of main street down the middle.”
Darryl, Perth
“It reminds me a lot of the holocaust memorial in Berlin. I think it’s quite nice, though.” Sue, Geelong
“I think it’s good for kids. It’s pretty cool and I like it.” Ian, New Zealand


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