We have an extensive collection of over 200 public art works and heritage monuments, which we are building on with newly-commissioned work. There are works spread throughout the city so why not take a walk around your neighbourhood and check out the artists who have created works for Maribyrnong.
Art in Public Places
The Art in Public Spaces strategy (incorporating Footscray Public Art Plan) 2011 was developed to inform the future commissioning of public art in Maribyrnong. The primary focus is on activating the Footscray Central Activity District due to the unprecedented development that is planned for this area.
This strategy is currently under review and will be updated for re-endorsement late 2018.
Click through below to see some of our favourite pieces.
Artist: Matthew Harding
Thompson Reserve, Maribyrnong
Commissioned for Pipemakers Park as part of Council’s master plan by renowned Australian public sculptor and designer, Matthew Harding. This striking sculpture is fabricated from 32 kilometers of marine grade stainless steel rod and tube, stands eight metres tall by 12 metres wide and incorporates changing pattern of lights from dusk until midnight. The concept design was inspired by historical working methods used in the pipe making industries, in particular, the steel cages built to reinforce concrete pipes produced for many decades at Pipemakers Park.
Skinner Reserve, Braybrook Community Hub, Braybrook
Created by TRUC – collaboration between artists Jonathan Leahey and David Burrows, the sculpture is fabricated from two 7-metre tall interlocked, abstracted figures in Corten steel. Mounted on rotational bearings each figure pivots on its central axis in the wind.
Artists: Vicki Couzens, Maree Clark and Jeph Neale
Corner of Nicholson and Paisley Streets
Wominjeka Tarnuk Yooroom is a collaboration between artists Vicki Couzens, Maree Clark and Jeph Neale. The site specific work comprises 10 large granite boulders to signify the ‘coolamon’ or welcome bowl emerging through the urban landscape, situated at key points across the Paisley Street and Nicholson Street mall junction.
Braybrook Community Hub, Braybrook
Created by Archinauts – the architect duo Jannette Le and Sahra Stoltz - the artwork is based on the true story of a 12-year-old Braybrook resident Trena Telford and her pet goose, Pollyanna reported in the Argus. Carved from recycled timber, raised on a concrete plinth, and features an interior time capsule.
Artist: Cliff Burtt
Sculpture Park, Edgewater Estate
A latin word meaning crescent shaped body, Meniscus is an imposing two piece sculpture inspired by the river and history of the Maribyrnong region. Created by Cliff Burtt.
Artist: Bruce Armstrong
Vipont Street, Footscray
An early work by renowned sculptor, Bruce Armstrong, known for his large, rough-hewn timber works carved with a chainsaw. Armstrong uses animals and birds in his work which embraces the fantastical, the mythic, the folkloric and the fairytale.
Artist: Frank Veldze
Parker Street Reserve
Created by Frank Veldze, a local artist with a strong reputation in the arts. Dream House is a life-sized replica of a traditional worker’s cottage, and is made entirely from mattress frames.
Artist: Tom Bills
Nicholson Street and Ballarat Road
The 56-tonne, concrete sculpture fabricated by post-war American artist and academic Tom Bills for the Construction in Process VI: The Bridge international arts event in Footscray, in 1998. Fabricated in two halves, it reflects the minimalism movement spearheaded by American Donald Judd.
Artist: Brian Paulusz
Maribyrnong Street, Footscray
Arch for Reconciliation (1997) by Brian Paulusz is located on the Maribyrnong River frontage to the Footscray Arts Centre. Constructed from basalt, the work is a marker to celebrate Indigenous reconciliation.
Marble bust commissioned by public subscription and carved by Margaret Baskerville (c. 1915-16) in honour of James Cuming, industrialist, Councillor and philanthropist. Erected by the citizens in appreciation of his significant contribution to the community.