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Art in Public Spaces

The City of Kingston is committed to developing a public art program which reflects and celebrates our history, stories, cultures and sense of place through ephemeral, temporary and permanent public art. 

The City of Kingston's Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (ACAC) which is made up of community members with experience and/or expertise in the arts and cultural sector, as well as City of Kingston councillors provides high-level advice to Council on matters relating to Public Art in the City of Kingston.

the strand mural (2020)

by Tom Civil

The Strand, Salvation Army, Chelsea, Victoria

Image: Frank Amato Photography

Artist Tom Civil has completed a painted mural in the Chelsea Strand. As part of the development of a long-term plan for Chelsea, Council heard community feedback about the desire for a new mural in the Strand to help enliven the public realm. The artist worked with members of the Chelsea Community Panel to develop the design, incorporating the strong coastal and beach themes that the community in Chelsea hold close to their hearts. The mural features local plants, shells, seeds, starfish, grass, seaweed and other objects home to Chelsea’s beaches, including a conical sand snail egg sack. A piece of fluorescent fishing line highlights the importance of keeping our waterways clean and safe.

Tom Civil is Melbourne based artist, muralist, community art facilitator and print-maker and has been a practising artist for over 17 years.

Commissioned by City of Kingston and located on The Strand. 

Seasonal migrants
, sharp-tailed sandpipers and the importance of local wetlands (2020)

by Geoffrey Carran

Chelsea Women's Sports Centre, Chelsea, Victoria

Chelsea Mural

Image: Shuttermain Photography

Artist Geoffrey Carran has completed a large-scale mural on the rear façade of Chelsea Women’s Sports Centre in consultation with local community members, Friends of Edithvale Wetlands and users of the Sports Centre. Funded through Kingston City Council and a grant from the Department of Justice and Community Safety, the artwork was delivered along-side a graffiti education session run from Chelsea Skate Park. The mural pays homage to the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper, which annually migrate from Siberia to the Edithvale Wetlands. The wetlands support over 1% of the global Sandpiper population, which has seen them listed as a RAMSAR site of international significance.

The winning choices in our naming of the birds competition are Boloto & Billabong!
Boloto (is Russian for swamp) & Billabong highlights the importance of the habitats at both ends of the Sandpipers journey.
Congratulations to Michelle Endersby for your thoughtful and winning entry and thank you to everyone who entered.

Learn more about the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper here and their significance to the Edithvale Wetlands here.

The winning choices in our naming of the birds competition are Boloto & Billabong!
Boloto (is Russian for swamp) & Billabong highlights the importance of the habitats at both ends of the Sandpipers journey.
Congratulations to Michelle Endersby for your thoughtful and winning entry and thank you to everyone who entered.

Learn more about the Sharp Tailed Sandpiper here and their significance to the Edithvale Wetlands here.


New Riviera (2019)

 by Julie Shiels

Mentone community piazza, Mentone, Victoria

Image: Shuttermain Photography

In celebration of  the Mentone Renaissance redevelopment, community members selected Melbourne artist Julie Shiels’ permanent bronze artwork entitled “New Riviera” to be installed in the new Mentone community piazza. The community supported the use of the deck chair as a motif that celebrated Mentone’s history and beach culture, as well as it’s Italian influences. The familiar form of the deck chair is made strange and surprising through the process of casting in bronze and has appeal to all age groups. Julie hopes the work will create a space to relax and enjoy all that Mentone has to offer but also that will also serve as a reminder to look around and to consider everyday objects in new ways. “New Riviera” was constructed locally at the Perrin Sculpture Foundry in Cheltenham. 


by Ian Bracebirdle

 Westall Library and Community Hub, 35 Fairbank Rd, Clayton South  

Unukomuno, 2017, Ian Bracebirdle, Westall Library

In 2016, high profile artist, Ian Bracegirdle, was commissioned to work in partnership with the local community to create a site specific artwork outside the new Westall Library and Community Hub that would celebrate the local area and its people. Whilst the plant like form historically references the market gardens that once thrived in the area, it also reflects the growth of the contemporary community, the waves of migration to the region, as well as the language and culture of past and current generations. The outer glazing or skin of the sculpture, features drawings, icons and words gathered through community consultation and workshops. The coming together of community is further reflected in the title of the sculpture,Unukomuno, which means one community.  

TILLAGE (2014)

By Paul Johnson

Roundabout at the intersection of Old Dandenong Road, Centre Dandenong Road & Tootal Road, Dingley Village


In March 2013, artist Paul Johnson was unanimously selected by Council's Public Art Advisory Panel for his concept, Tillage, as the preferred design in reference to the region’s agricultural history. Tillage depicts a series of mounded furrows arcing above the ground in shapes that evoke working metal tools, wheels, discs and farm machinery. This notion of agricultural labour is further emphasised by curved, custom designed, laser cut images of cart wheels into Corten steel sheets resting upon the tops of the five arcs. At ground level is a matching series of furrows, created from low planting, that reaches from one side of the roundabout to the other. As the sun fades the arcs are illuminated by yellow-orange ambient light.


By James Beattie

Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin

Local artist James Beattie was commissioned to design the Moorabbin Junction mural. James’ design was inspired by the area with the aim of connecting viewers in a relevant way to the unique character of Moorabbin. The art work celebrates the rich history of Moorabbin within its design. Images of the area’s iconic hall including its ruby red curtain and its historic 1928 Wurlitzer Theatre Organ also feature in the work and give relevance to the local arts precinct. Being local means that James has a close affinity with many local youth interested in his style of work. An important aspect of the project saw James mentor aspiring young artists in the installation of the work.


By Anu Patel

Chelsea Train Station Underpass, Chelsea

The Art Pass was an exciting community arts project that culminated in a large-scale public art work in and around the Chelsea Train Station with the aim to improve the safety and civic pride.

Kingston Arts in partnership with Chelsea Community Renewal commissioned lead artist Anu Patel, to engage with up to 300 local residents in a series of creative workshops in late 2011 and early 2012 to inform a large-scale public art work in and around the Chelsea Train Station underpass. During this period, a disused shopfront located in the Cheslea shopping strip on Nepean Highway opposite the Chelsea Train Station was transformed into a working studio and the project's creative headquarters. Participants who took part in the workshops included students from Chelsea Primary School, Bonbeach Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School, members of the Chelbara Choir, the Chelsea and District Historical Society, residents of Chelsea Caravan Park, the Chelsea Bonbeach Train Station Group, and youth from Local Education Employment Program. Their art works, coupled with the areas historical and social context, influenced the final design concept for the public art work.

The Art Pass was supported with funding from Creative Victoria, the Department of Transport, the Department of Human Services and Metro.

The Art Pass

Photo credit: Shuttermain Photography


By James Beattie and Andrew Bourke

The Fore Apartments, Cheltenham

Two Acre Village comprises a large section of abstract shapes and patterns that almost merge into trails of colour when seen from train windows, but view the image close up and you will develop an appreciation of the incredible and detailed images that reflect Cheltenham’s history. From the bush and parkland and local Indigenous culture, through to early shopfronts and buildings and iconic local residents, the mural is a historical timeline of Two Acre Village, the name once given to the suburb of Cheltenham.

With a love of street art, local artists James Beattie and Andrew Bourke have capitalised on their passion and are amongst Melbourne's most respected street artists. Both have exhibited both nationally and internationally and have become leaders in the field, often giving back to the community by mentoring young aspiring artists in the installation of their work.


By Julie Squires

Pompeis Landing, Mordialloc

Pompeis boat Julie Squires.jpg

Pompeis boat Julie Squires.jpg

Pompeis boat Julie Squires.jpgPompeis Boat is the third and final sculpture as part of the larger Pioneer Coastal Arts Project, which also produced the art works, Horse and Memories of a Seaside. Artist, Julie Squires, spent considerable time consulting with brothers Joe and the late Jack Pompei regarding the style of boat building that has become synonymous with the Pompei style of hand-made boat construction. The work has become an iconic landmark in Mordialloc at the gateway to the southern bayside suburbs of Melbourne.


Pompeis Boat was supported with funding from Pioneer Electronics.

HORSE (2009)

By Julie Squires

Beach Road, Mordialloc

Horse at night (standard)
In 2006, in collaboration with Pioneer Electronics Australia, the City of Kingston launched the Pioneer Coastal Arts Project, a series of interpretive sculptural art works installed along the foreshore between Mentone and Mordialloc, with the inonic Horse sculpture as a focal piece. The vision was to create a distinct and memorable series of public art works that would enhance civic pride through a tangible legacy that reflected the history of the area. A cast bronze sculpture of a horse standing 16 hands high, located at the end of Bay Street, Mordialloc was inspired by the memories of racehorses being exercised in the water along the foreshore.

The Horse sculpture was supported with funding from Pioneer Electronics.


By Elizabeth Weissensteiner

Clarinda Community Centre, Clarinda

Bundle of Sticks, Dr. Elizabeth Weissensteiner, 2006

The City of Kingston commissioned artist Dr. Elizabeth Weissensteiner (courtesy Über Gallery) to create a piece of public art for Clarinda Community Centre. Bundle of Sticks was launched in April 2008 and is based on the fable of the same name. The design represents the strength of a community that has a shared identity and purpose. The work celebrates the values of the people of the area, multiculturalism and unity. 

ARGYLE (2007-2008)

By CPG Australia

Lake King Circle, Waterways

Waterways Argyle

Photo credit: Shuttermain Photography

The final stage of the Waterways development was named “Argyle” after developer Mirvac noticed the footprint of the land resembled a diamond chamfer. In keeping with the development’s name, CPG Australia was commissioned to create a sculptural focal point for the area, choosing to reference the sleek design of the modern diamond ring. 


By Greg Johns

Waterside Drive, Waterways

Greg Johns, Excavator 1, 2008, Waterways

Photo credit: Shuttermain Photography

In 2002, Greg Johns was commissioned by the Waterways Residential Development to create a body of sculptures that responded to the development’s wetland environment. The result of this commission are the five bird-like creatures that Johns refers to as “excavators”. The abstracted birds are constructed out of Corten steel, a signature material used by Johns to create a stable, rusted surface that continues to develop over the course of the sculpture’s life. The sculptures reference the rich and diverse bird-life inhabiting the Waterways Estate, and can be found scattered along Waterside Drive. 

waterways  (2008)

By Ken Blum

Bowen Park Bridge, Waterside Drive & Westbridge board walk, Waterways


 Photo credit: Shuttermain Photography

Ken Blum was commissioned by the Waterways Residential Development to create four carved wooden sculptures that reflected the wetlands and history of the local area. Two of his works are of birds, representing the ancestral spirit of the Bunurong / Boon Wurrung; the traditional people and custodians of the land. The two other works are portrait carvings, primarily made from cypress logs that have been placed as sentries to the wetlands. Using chainsaws, axes and chisels Ken has revealed the faces of two indigenous people. The large stones featured as a platform on each of the sculptures perform a necessary proactive function, to keep water out of the trunk of the timber and prevent rotting.

ReSting place (1999)

By Anne Ross

Westfield Southland

Anne Ross, Resting Place 7

Anne Ross is an accomplished Melbourne-based artist with a growing body of public sculpture in Melbourne, Canberra and Hong Kong. Her work exudes a playfulness and humor, often seen in her beloved canine characters that reappear throughout her sculptures. Resting Place was commissioned in 1999 by Kingston City Council in partnership with Westfield Southland, and has offered both a whimsical and physical place of refuge outside the busy shopping precinct ever since.