It’s not every day that locals get the chance to pick a major piece of public art for their neighbourhood.
In Brunswick, VicTrack and developer Neometro are giving people the chance to choose a piece of public art for the new Jewell Station precinct. The site, directly opposite Jewell Station, will be home to two eight-storey buildings.
Organisers had an “overwhelming response” in November to the call for entries, with four artists – James Geurts, Sanné Mestrom, Jessie Stanley and Fleur Summers – shortlisted by a panel.
Geurts’ proposal, Telescopia, is a sculptural work that takes inspiration from railway lines, but inverts them, directing them upwards from a black granite base.
Melbourne-based artist Mestrom’s Diamond Green is an “ensemble that forms a sculptural whole”. She hopes to inspire a playful interaction between the work and the public.
Jessie Stanley hails from regional Victoria and her work, A Place to Meet, is a response to Brunswick’s Indigenous and settler history. Her installation is a set of cantilevered steps crafted from native Red Gum with text engraved at its sides.
Fleur Summers, another Melbourne local, rounds out the final four. Her Making Sense is a steel and bronze sculpture with branches bent like windblown grass or as if heavy with fruit. She encourages people to interact with the work by touch. “Bronze is materially receptive to touch and continuous skin contact will gradually expose reflective bronze surfaces on the most touched areas”, and so will change over time.
The four finalists’ work is being exhibited at the Jewell Station display suite until March 5, and you can vote there for your favourite proposal. The exhibition is open from 12pm until 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you can’t make it to the show, you can vote online this weekend.
The panel will take the People’s Choice winner into account when they make a final decision. The winner will be announced in March.