Case Study #1: Walnut Street

These case studies provide an insight into what we do and are intended to promote discussion about the role of Council in the artistic and cultural life of the municipality.

In 2014 Arts & Cultural Services partnered with the Traffic Engineering team on a roadway artwork in Walnut Street in Cremorne. A Shared Zone was included in the Traffic Management Plan for the Balmain Precinct Local Area Traffic Management Scheme adopted by Council in 2013.

The Shared Zone provides a road environment or road surface treatment that helps differentiate it from typical roads where vehicles normally have priority over other road users. Renowned local street artist Tom Civil designed the artwork that was installed by Council’s contractor MPS Paving.

What was our role?

Our role included curatorial development and setting of creative objectives and the selection of artists. We developed a project scope i.e. technical and budget considerations, liaised with internal stakeholders, provided the artist with a production brief and managed the installation.

Outcomes

  • An artwork in the public realm which is simultaneously functional and creatively transformative
  • Making local streets more attractive and inviting for pedestrians
  • Increased visitation to local businesses with economic benefits
  • Media coverage, including large article in major newspaper (printed and online)
  • Positive feedback from the community
  • Contacted by various Councils about implementing similar projects

 Learnings

New opportunities for creative collaboration can be found in non-traditional situations when people are open to exploring solutions.
Image of Tom Civil’s Walnut Street by Lauren Dunn