CIRCULAR. Point Cook Main Street - Urban Art Project by Stephen Banham and Christine Eid
Location: Main Street, Point Cook, Melbourne
Project developed and managed by Global Art Projects
During 2010, Stephen Banham and Christine Eid were involved in an exciting new urban art project for Point Cook, a new suburb located in the Western growth corridor of Melbourne. Stephen and Christine undertook an active community engagement process involving discussions with many local individuals and organisations ranging from the local historical society, RAAF Museum, local schools and Indigenous groups.
"Rather than being simply a fact-finding mission on the way to developing the artwork, community engagement is the important process of listening, preserving and celebrating people's stories. It also includes feeding these stories back to the community after the artwork is installed.
The project has been entitled 'Circular' - not only a reference to the round format of the cast iron plate works (resembling man-hole covers) but also to the notion of the 'community circular' meaning a method of circulating information through a community. This reinforces the essential storytelling aspects of the project."
The resulting artworks were installed at six key locations along Main Street, Point Cook in early 2011.