'the shape of things to come'
Wollongong Council, 2018
...as a future upgrade of West Crown Street is a possibility, this public art installation might be considered as temporary. It may fit within the context of a future streetscape renewal – or it may not. But in the meantime, it can help serve as a focal point to consider.. the shape of things to come.
The Shape of Things to Come is inspired by the gracious triangular facade of the 1923 Howarth building. This and other characterful buildings along West Crown Street provide a cultural substance and richness of expression and proportion rarely found in more recent engineered streetscapes.
The four triangular pillars have been designed as wayfinders – each pointing to significant destinations leading from West Crown Street – the station, Crown Street Mall and the beach. They were originally designed and delivered to satisfy as a temporary treatment - a place-holder, with plans for a streetscape upgrade to later unfurl.
When local businesses were asked what they would like to see in a future streetscape upgrade they called for more colour, seating and a contemporary touch. The wayfinders respond to this call, and have since been made more permanent with the addition of lighting powered from the grid.
As a future upgrade of West Crown Street is still a possibility, this public art installation might still be considered as temporary. It may fit within the context of a future streetscape renewal – or it may not. But in the meantime, it can help serve as a focal point to consider... the shape of things to come.
Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation (HCCDC)
Public Art Curation