Category Archives: Projects

Invisible cultural institutions

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In my reading for Virtual Heritage – AIM715 Deakin University I have been disturbed by the idea that those cultural institutions who do not use Web 2.0 are literally invisible to a large part of the public. They do not have the tools to start a conversation, engage an audience, or be a platform for public involvement.

Shockingly for a city that is the 6th most populated city in Australia, none of our cultural institutions have a social media presence. Partly, I believe, it is the combination of fear of; the unknown, what the public might have to say, losing control over the content, losing the ‘authoritative’ presence, losing the authentic experience; as well as accessibility issues, and lack of management support.

So it has been decided that as a volunteer initiative a fellow cultural heritage aficionado and I are going to set up a social media campaign primarily for the Gold Coast’s non-profit cultural heritage institutions such as the GC Historical Society. Using Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress, we aim to blog, tweet and post about the happenings, issues, and dramas of cultural heritage work on the Gold Coast. We aim to ‘go live’ in a months time after discussions with those in the field, so keep an eye out for us then.

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Collecting the garbage in style

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Artist: C. Finley

C. Finley is a decorative artist who happens to wallpaper garbage bins, rubbish bins or dumpsters, depending on where you are from. Finley sees her work as environmental activism, challenging people’s awareness of rubbish. Urban environments throughout Europe and America have been beautified by her artwork. You can follow her adventures through…

http://wallpapereddumpsters.blogspot.com/

Currumbin to Coolangatta public art trail

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Documenting all the public art on the Gold Coast has taken a great leap forward. My work with the Gold Coast City Council has me canvasing every nook and cranny of the area between Currumbin and Coolangatta in order to create a complete record of the areas public art works. One of the primary aims is to create the Gold Coast’s first public art trail, which will be the forerunner to other trails around the coast.

Rhino Beetle Sculpture to be replaced

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Rhino, Daniel Clemment

On November 15-16, 2009 this sculpture, worth A$15,000, was stolen from Oxenford Park on the corner of Cottonwood Place and Tamborine Oxenford Road, Oxenford, Gold Coast. This month the Gold Coast City Council will be calling for expressions of interest from local artists for a replacement sculpture.

Transient urban art and permanent ancient walls

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Kelburn Castle Graffiti Project. Photo by Minted Stereo

One of Scotland’s oldest and continuously inhabited castles has taken a serious conservation problem and turned it into a unique opportunity for graffiti artists.

In 2007 it was found that the concrete facing on the castle’s stone walls would need to be replaced so the current Earl of  Glasgow invited four of Brazil’s leading graffiti artists along with several Scottish artists to create a unique collaborative artwork over a one month period. The artwork was to be in situ for two years.

http://www.kelburnestate.com/castle/graffiti_project.asp