Friday, August 22, 2014

Community art projects

Over the last couple of months Fiona and I have been involved with fellow artists (Edith-Ann and Noela) on a couple community art projects: one to re-locate and further develop the sandstone monolith installation Peace in the Trees; and the other to do big art works in a local supermarket.

Today was given over in the main to preparing for and attending a meeting with representatives of our local council to see what support there was for the Peace in the Trees relocation and development project. All the pieces were largish (1-2m tall) and heavy - hard sandstone.

©2014 Barry Smith - Preparing for the meeting
The original art work for Peace in the Trees was done two years ago as part of our Art4Place Creative Spaces 2012 project. Some images of the project follow.

©2012 Fiona Dempster - Catching still water
©2012 Fiona Dempster - Heart of nature 
©2012 Fiona Dempster - Moving and installing the 12 pieces
©2012 Fiona Dempster - Some pieces amongst the trees 
©2012 Barry Smith - Stone ready for work.
©2012 Barry Smith - A face appears
©2012 Wendy van der Drift - Artist at work?
Art4place (a local NFP art organisation) owns the Peace in the Trees works. We want to gift the installation to our local council so that the work can be installed in a public environment accessible to the public. And as part of the gifting we want to do further work on the pieces to refine them.

The supermarket art works includes:4 large panels 4.8mx3m; and one large panel 6mx4m; plus various story boards and inspirational words wall panels; and a 17mx1m long mountain wall feature. Much design, architectural and engineering work has been done. We are getting close to finalising plans.

©2014 Barry Smith - Big plans
Strange that sometimes out art is not what is done in our studios; but what is done with and in our communities.


  1. Major projects....but you are all up to it! Well done.

  2. A creatively rich community due to people like you Barry ..... and all the others who contribute as well. I find it quite marvellous to think of a 'supermarket' approaching and working with artists. Wish more communities thought the same way .... or maybe it is up to us to encourage them more. Hmmmmm

  3. Hi JM & SB - thanks for checking out the post; and thanks for the encouragement regarding art in the community. Go well. B


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