THE IDEA: to create a project that brings together awesome things. Art, community and a thriving environment.
It all started a few years ago with a few friends sitting around imagining how cool it would be to have a community garden. A place to share stories, veggies, experience, and ideas...
We realised that the perfect parcel of land was almost under our feet and so went about developing a concept that could be presented to the community. We did, they liked the idea and the concept grew (like a little seedling).
Today Balnarring Village Common is working to create a space for the whole community to meet, interact and grow together. As it turns out, securing unused public land for community activity has been a task a little like walking el camino. Its a reeeaaalllly long road. Its just as well nice things happen along the way.
Anyhoo. Where does the Art fit ? I hear you ask.
Basically - in order to get people to notice, interact and dare I say it ... get passionate about the parcel of land in their front yard that is likely to turn into at best, yet another block of shops selling stuff that is oh so desirable but not at all necessary to our health and happiness if we don't raise our collective hands and say "hold on just a second there cowboy", I'll be implementing a temporary sculptural installation in association with the folks at Balnarring Primary School on 3051-3053 Frankston Flinders Rd Balnarring. The installation is planned for October 2014, with workshops through July, August and September.
I'll be documenting the whole process here. If you'd like to be a part of the whole sh'bang... be sure to leave me a comment.
Meanwhile here are some nice pictures of the space so you can see how nice it is.
Community Art Projects in Balnarring and beyond