Evans Street could be the next location to get an artistic makeover in Inverell, after the council agreed to commission a draft ‘artscape’ plan to guide development in the area.
The decision was a recommendation of the Sunset Committee for Public Art, whose first project was the striking Sapphire sculpture on the Henderson Street roundabout in 2016.
Inverell mayor Paul Harmon said that Evans Street made up a large portion of Inverell’s cultural precinct.
“We know public art is also already on display there, and a lot of work was done with the art gallery with that mosaic Meandering in the Macintyre,” he said.
“I think it’s exciting times waiting to see what the plan is that they bring back to council from out of this committee.”
The Sunset Committee for Public Art discussed a number of sites they felt would suit either an ‘artistic treatment’ or an item of public art in their October meeting.
They decided that Evans Street (Otho to Campbell Street including Turnham carpark) would be the preferred location. The committee noted that a number of features could be treated, such as the wall of the Town Hall, two pedestrian blisters, the footpath and the carpark.
It was decided that rather than take an ‘ad hoc approach’, a staged treatment should be prepared, with a strategic approach integrating structures, vegetation and artworks to soften the area.
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