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Meeting Place concept a winner

Artist Richard Walker and landscape architect Bridget Doyle on their first visit to the site.
ABOVE: Artist Richard Walker and landscape architect Bridget Doyle on their first visit to the site.

Richard Walker has been commissioned to provide an artwork for the Civic Space in front of the new Yackandandah Council office and library.

Richard was one of three short-listed artists in the commission process that started earlier this year. He will now work closely with the landscape architects designing the civic space in front of the new office.

The artist from Smoko, near Bright, will produce a signature piece for the community space evoking ideas of Indigo Shire's gold mining heritage and its native flora.

"Large vertical abstract plates will rise from a footprint of tiled plates," Richard said.

"My design process has come from this abstract eucalypt being the meeting place, similar to many indigenous practices where people would gather to and around natural forms in the landscape."

Richard met landscape architect Bridget Doyle recently to get their first look at the site in front of the new Yackandandah Office and Library.

Bridget brought in concept plans prepared by Somewhere Landscape Architects for discussions with Arts and Culture Officer Susan Reid and other Council officers.

The concept will be further refined and developed between architect and artist before being presented for public comment.

Work thus far has grown from ideas discussed at two community meetings in Yackandandah in August.

Indigo Council's General Manager Sustainable Communities, Mark Florence, believes that the appointment of Richard is another important step in the development of the forecourt area.

"The signature sculpture will complement the designs prepared by the landscape architects and reflect the aspirations of the community for what will be a terrific civic precinct," he said.

No time has been set for the work to commence.


Richard Walker has been commissioned to provide an artwork for the Civic Space in Yackandandah.
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Keep up to date with arts and cultural events in the Indigo Shire.
From theatre groups to art groups the Shire embraces and nurtures the artistic and cultural needs of the community.
Indigo Shire Council's Arts and Cultural Strategic Plan sets out a vision for a dynamic environment for the arts to thrive.



Last updated: 19 December 2014