Public art

Public art contributes to the urban environment, provides interest and increases the City’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and visit.

Developing our City’s visual identity is a major goal of the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027. To achieve this, Council is promoting and facilitating a diverse range of quality public art initiatives across the City.

Current and future projects

Speers Point Park art commission

A striking 12m-tall public art sculpture will soar above the Speers Point waterfront from early 2019 to celebrate Lake Macquarie and its significance to the community. The $150,000 commission, to be known as Chimera, will comprise a stainless steel tower topped with a wind vane in the form of a stylised vessel and three sails.

The Chimera design, by award-winning Sydney artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse, was selected via an expression of interest process in 2018.


CREATIVE Lake

CREATIVE Lake is an innovative curated collection of seven sculptures and murals by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists that adorn the Lake foreshore from Belmont to Toronto.


Caves Beach

To continue the showcasing of art in public places, Council will install two commissioned artworks (a sculpture commission and amenity building gates) to enrich the identity of the future Caves Beach Recreational Precinct in 2019.


Past projects

Charlestown Skate Park

This is a landmark public art project that will involve young people in local placemaking as part of a major $1.2 million skate park we are constructing at Charlestown. Artists Saretta Fielding, David Ciani from Artscape, and UpandUp were selected to work with the local community to develop artworks for the new skate park.

Charlestown Skate Park is the first of four new skate parks to be delivered across the City, with Morisset, Windale and Croudace Bay in the pipeline.


Windale CREATE public art commissions

An exciting artist-led community public art project was recently completed at Windale's shopping precinct at the corner of Lake and South Streets. Artists John Cliff, Saretta Fielding, Joanna O’Toole and Warwick O’Toole, and community engagement professionals Creative Ingredient worked with local schools and community organisations to create a 10-metre long multi-media work. The artwork adorns the side of planter boxes in Windale’s main retail precinct and was inspired by workshops with Windale residents and school students and revolves around three key themes: People, Nature and Sport. The first of its type for Lake Macquarie, CREATE is a City-wide initiative to engage communities through meaningful artist-driven projects. Windale was the first location for this major initiative thanks to a $50,000 grant through the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund.

Page last updated: 19 February 2019