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Public Art

Glenorchy City Council has a Public Art Policy and Guidelines that guide the development, management and maintenance of public art in the City.


Public art is artwork that has been designed and created for public space. It consists of either permanent or temporary installations, including traditional art forms such as sculpture and murals and more contemporary art forms such as lighting, digital media and projections. Artworks can be functional or purely aesthetic.

'The Elwick Bark' Works 2008

The vision of the Public Art Policy is that public art in Glenorchy will reflect the City, its people and their diversity, celebrating local distinctiveness and enriching lives.


A Public Art Management Group was established in 2006, its purpose is to ensure proactive strategic planning in the development of public art within the city and the ongoing protection and maintenance of Council owned public art.


The Public Art Management Group:

  • Provides advice and expertise regarding the development and ongoing protection and maintenance of public art within the city;
  • Identifies project opportunities and undertakes planning and project development;
  • Undertakes site, risk and condition assessments;
  • Undertakes project evaluation and review;
  • Evaluates policy and guidelines within the framework of the Public Art Policy.

Public art can be a part of any neighbourhood, in the park or playground, along the cycleway and in the school ground.


Council is interested in identifying opportunities and working with community to see our local areas and spaces enriched through the placement of public art.


Anyone who has an interest in developing a project idea, concerns about existing public art in the city or wishes to seek advice or direction on the development of a public art project should contact the Public Art Management Group through the Coordinator Arts & Cultural Development on 03 6216 6382.


'Swan' Windemere Bay, Claremont by Simon Ancher 2005

Public Art in Glenorchy
Glenorchy has a range of diverse public art to be seen throughout the City. Many works have been developed as community projects by Council and have involved partnerships with schools, community organisations and businesses within the City.  Others are private commissions designed to enrich and enliven public spaces.

Temporary Installations

'The Elwick Bark' Works 2008 Photos Louise Conboy

The Elwick Bark, an enormous ship like structure was installed on the banks of the Derwent River at Elwick Bay as part of the Works 2008.  The sculpture celebrated the rivercraft and creativity of the local community.  Led by one of Australia’s most innovative theatre designers, inventor and contraption maker Joey Ruigrok van der Werven, a team of artists worked with local schools and community groups.  The striking boat structure housed a temporary gallery of visual artworks celebrating the riverside location.  This bold piece of temporary public art was an instant Festival hit with local residents, curious commuters and visitors alike.


Here is a selection of public art works with details on where they can be seen.

In Glenorchy
To commemorate the Centenary of Federation in 2001 Glenorchy City Council developed 100 Stories from 100 Years, a community history and public art project that celebrated the history of Glenorchy, its stories and its people.  As part of the project, artist Chantale Delrue designed and made ten mosaic panels, each representing a decade of the century from 1901 to 2001.  These eye catching mosaics can be seen in the footpath along Main Road, between Terry and Eady Streets, Glenorchy.

'1921 – 31' mosaic panel from '100 Stories from 100 Years' Chantale Delrue 2002


Also in Main Road, Glenorchy is the mural on the wall of the Elwick Hotel by artist Peter Gouldthorpe.  This private commission undertaken in 2006 was through the patronage of the Elwick Hotel.


At the rear of the Glenorchy Community and Health Services building on the corner of Terry Street and Main Road, Glenorchy there are a number of colourful murals reflecting the interests of the community groups and services who use the building.

In MoonahVisit the Moonah Arts Centre at 65 Hopkins Street, Moonah, there in the forecourt entrance you will see Frida's Car Load by sculptor Tony Woodward constructed in 1999.  This quirky vision of Frida Kahlo and her friends reflects the energy and activities of the hub of arts and cultural life that is the Moonah Arts Centre.

'Frida's Car Load' by Tony Woodward, 1999


In 1998 as part of the redevelopment of Main Road, Moonah, artists Gerhard Mausz and Paul Monk were commissioned to create unique street furniture. Seating and tables by Gerhard Mausz feature outside the Moonah Post Office and at the mid block crossing in Main Road you will find sculptural bin holders by Paul Monk.

At Montrose Bay ForeshoreThe Montrose Bay Young People's Sculpture Park is a collection of work undertaken in collaboration with students from throughout the City in 1999.  These works, including mosaics as well as steel and timber sculptures, were created in a partnership with Council and the Derwent Education District.  Artists involved in working with the young people included Tony Woodward and Roland Gabatel.

In Derwent Park
Along the Intercity Cycleway at 11 Derwent Park Road, Derwent Park, is the Blackwoods Mural painted by artists’ Tom Samek and Tracy Jolly with the participation of young people and the community in 1997.

'Blackwood’s Mural' Tom Samek, Tracy Jolly & community, 1997