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In 1996 Darebin City Council embarked on one of the most ambitious public art programs in Australia outside a central business district. After nearly a two decade the City of Darebin has earned an impressive reputation for enhancing its urban landscape with innovative public art projects.

Public Art Collection

The Connection

The Connection, artwork in High St, Preston

By Michael Snape.

The Connection depicts many people coming together in an animated, alive way, the separate components becoming one. It refers to the meaningful links between different groups in the community and the connections which contribute to harmony in Darebin.

Location: Preston Civic Forecourt, High Street, Preston

Blue Orchid

public art piece

By Velislav Georgiev and Anu Patel.

The Blue Orchid sculpture is a ‘tree form’ and seat. The themes are evoked through a range of images: water appears on the horizontal plane that connects the three uprights. While the themes of history and diversity are evoked through flora and fauna imagery, from Indigenous plants to those of the farms, backyards and kitchen gardens of the area.

Location: Corner Cheddar Road and Broadway, Reservoir.

The Nest

The Nest

By David Bell and Gary Tippett.

The symbolic egg form at the heart of this design echoes the hope for recovery and new life, and for the rebirth of the land. The piece also references the conservation role of the park and in particular the role this park plays for the many birds that live and nest within.

Location: Darebin Parklands, Fairfield


The Source public art piece

By Adrian Mauriks.

The work relates to the themes the “Present” and “Future” with an emphasis on the natural environment. The colour and the reclining form, which appears embryonic, bring to mind birth and new beginnings and the bud, the flowering of life.

Location: Bundoora Park entrance, Bundoora.

Sailing Down The Steps

The Steps public art piece

By Simon Normand.

There are two pieces to this work. They symbolise the diverse waves of people coming to Thornbury and the subsequent layers of cultural change and complexity. The boats visually transform the park into a river – an interesting feature as both parks are an overflow path for the drains during floods.

Locations: Roberts, Oliver, Jones and Harry Reserves, Thornbury

Well Place Preston

Well Place public Art piece

By Zabelski Han.

The horse in this piece refers to the working animals that were part of Preston’s industrial history. The human, in offering the horse water, is providing it with nourishment. There is a connection that symbolises the inter-dependent relationship between them.

Location: Preston Library, Preston.

Fairfield Industrial Dog Object (FIDO)

FIDO public art piece

By Alistair Knox, Ian Sinclair, Jacki Staude and David Davies.

Through the use of sensors and digital controls, FIDO talks to passers by, wags its tail, wiggles its ears and lights up at night.

The materials used, the form and the interactive nature of this monumental work were chosen specifically to respond to the friendliness and vitality of Fairfield Village and enhance the sense of community for this dog-loving precinct.

Location: Fairfield

Normand Sculpture

Simona Norman public art piece

By Simon Normand.

This project actively involved local school students and was assisted by the nearby Northcote Pottery. The art work was completed in two stages and includes a decorative gateway, a playground, walkways and inlaid park benches.

Location: Clyde Jones Reserve, Thornbury

Reconciliation Fountain

Reconciliation public art piece

By Glenn Romanis.

The fountain tells how water came back to the land after a long drought by making the frog that had swallowed all of the water, laugh.

Location: Thornbury

Reg Parker Sculpture

Reg Parker Scultpure

By Reg Parker.

The sculpture is an example of a classic formalist work by one of the early practitioners of the style in Australia.

Location: Preston Library, Preston

East Preston Public Art

East preston public art piece

By Anderson Hunt, Cameron Robbins, Dave Murphy and Robert Tickner.

This piece is an environmental and educative piece of public art, including seating, running water, small aluminium sculptures representing indigenous animals and creatures which inhabit the area.

Location: Ruthven Reserve, Preston

High Street, Westgarth

High Street Westgarth public art piece

By Enver Camdal, Helen Bodycomb and Chris Rack.

The artwork includes stainless steel broken insect wing segments, skeletal animal sections turned into bike racks, dog anchors, dragonfly wings on the power poles, glass mosaic sunk into the pavement and vibrant colours stretching along the strip.

Location: High Street, Northcote

Darebin People - Not Poles Apart

Not Poles Apart public art piece

The designs express and reflect Darebin’s cultural diversity and the history of the site, from land of which the Wurundjeri are the traditional custodians, to brick works (Northcote Brick Company) and then finally as the Northcote Landfill.

Location: All Nations Park, Northcote

Further Information

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Arts and Cultural Coordinator
Phone: (03) 8470 8211
Email: craig.rogers@darebin.vic.gov.au

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