Inspire : Public Works Jan Feb 2013
FORM MEETS FUNCTION Whereas traders aren't overwhelmed by the impact the Cronulla Esplanade and seawall upgrade is having on them, traders in Rundle Street in Adelaide are very excited about the developments the Adelaide City Council is making to improve the city. "In creating The Rundle Project, local trader representatives were consulted, along with artists and a variety of stakeholders," says Janice Lally, Public Art Offcer in the department of City Design and Character for the council. "There is a very enthusiastic group of traders who played a part from the outset." Landscape architects War wick Keates and Tanya Court, along with Craige Andrae, an artist and fabricator, produced the award-winning Integrated Public Art Masterplan for Rundle Street. The Rundle Project is a key outcome of the Adelaide City Council 2008-2013 Public Art Policy and Five Year Public Art Plan. The main aim of the project was to improve the city streets and public spaces through art and architecture. "There is a spectrum of reasons as to why it's valuable to enliven public domains through public art," says Lally. "It helps with marketing and tourism, has an economic fow-on for trade, and it refects on the quality and innovation of the creative community." For Adelaide City Council, time is the major challenge inherent with improving the city's public spaces. Other challenges include budget restrictions and competing budgets. "Unfortunately, there is no obligation to keep the money in the public art budget or have funds strategically linked to urban development budgets," says Lally. "Money also doesn't buy a lot these days, so you need timely, creative, collaborative solutions to producing great public spaces and art. "We need a commitment at the development control and planning levels that recognises that public art is as valuable as traffc management, roads and drains.” COAST AND CULTURE Public ownership and pride is a crucial part of the enhancement of public areas in Marion, South Australia. It's these elements that not only help reduce the incidence of graffti along the 7.2-kilometre Marion Coastal Walking Trail, but also encourage a high level of community access. "The trail highlights the natural and cultural signifcance of the area,” says Marg Edgecombe, the Unit Manager of Arts and Cultural Development at Marion City Council. "It follows part of the Tjilbruke Dreaming Track, an important cultural story for the local Kaurna people. "Our marine and coastal environment is diverse and the council and community want to protect and promote it utilising a range of design approaches," says Edgecombe. To do so, the council collaborated with local artists Marijana Tadic, Barbary O'Brien and Michael Tye to develop the boardwalk trail with interpretive signage, artworks and seating. ••• COVER STORY 24 Public Works Professional February 2013 CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION Is your council leading the way in public domain design? How is it incorporating cutting-edge art, technology and design techniques to improve public spaces? Visit http://goo.gl/2LjUo to have your say. COVER STORY The Rundle Street Project involved consultations with local trader representatives, artists and a variety of other stakeholders. [Public art] helps with marketing and tourism, has an economic ow-on for trade, and it re ects on the quality and innovation of the creative community.
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