Council seeks artist to create something special for Coolum
  • Wednesday 21 October 2009

Sunshine Coast Council is seeking expressions of interests from Sunshine Coast artists for the design and fabrication of a public art work for Coolum Beach.

The artwork will be placed in the precinct to the south of the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club (SLSC), an area identified as an iconic Coolum location by both council and the community during the recent masterplanning process.

Information for artists will be available on council’s website from 27 October and anyone wishing to submit an expression of interest must do so by 12 November 09.

Council will be working closely with the SLSC, who supplied funding through developer contributions, throughout the artwork selection process.

Cr Vivien Griffin said that council is committed to enhancing the look and feel of public spaces and this site is part of a key vista to the ocean.

“Art plays such an important role in place making and when done well can pinpoint the very essence of an area,” Cr Griffin said.

“We are looking for either one or several individual pieces that complement the overall design of Coolum. The work must be visually stimulating, imaginative and engaging.

“As well as traditional concepts, artists are encouraged to think outside the box. The site could lend itself to functional art work such as pathways or seating, possibly with an acoustic, lighting or auditory component.

“The local residents and traders have been wonderfully vocal in telling us what is important to them. The artwork should reflect that nostalgic, small scale village character that is so important to the people of Coolum.

“Artists should pay attention to the type of materials used. These should not only complement the existing design elements in Coolum, but also be able to weather the extremely corrosive beach front environment,” Cr Griffin said

Once the initial submissions are assessed, up to three artists will be selected to proceed to stage two. These artists will be asked to develop concepts and prepare maquettes. Once assessed if an appropriate work emerges, the winner will be commissioned to complete the project.

For further information and an application form, log onto council’s website, where details will be available from 27 October. The EOI process is open to all Sunshine Coast residents.