Public art project inspired by Greogory Hills’ rich history

Gregory Hills might be one of Camden’s newest suburbs but it has a long and rich history.

The suburb’s developer Dart West Developments will install an art trail throughout the area to celebrate its storied past.

The public artworks will mainly be focused on Thomas Donovan, The Marist Brothers, Mount St. Gregory and St Gregory’s College.

General manager David Taylor said the artworks would be mixed styles including murals and sculptures.

“There will be about 15 pieces in total,” he said.

“We are in the process of commissioning artists and coming up with designs for the work which will be scattered throughout the suburb.

“We plan to have indigenous pieces in the collection as well.

“We will do a bit of a brochure about the pieces and where they are once they are complete.”

The project is in the planning stages with designer Dean Boone and his team at Distinctive preparing to deliver up to 15 new public artworks spread throughout the community.

A sculpture depicting Thomas Donovan’s profile will be erected in Thomas Donovan Park.

Mr Donovan provided the funds which allowed for the establishment of the chapel at Mount St Gregory and the Marist College.

The area’s agricultural past will be captured with a sculpture of a farming boy to be placed at the Gregory Hills Ampitheatre.

A sculpture depicting the tail feathers of a lyrebird will be erected at Cunningham Park in honour of the traditional Dharawal people.

Other works are inspired by the exploration of Gregory Hills by early settlers after 1795, Shakespearean quotes and native wildlife.

Mr Taylor said work would begin on the art projects in the second half of this year.

“The development application has been approved, we just need to get the construction certificate,” he said.

“We still need to talk to the artists and sculptors about the final design.”

This is just one of the large community projects taking place in Gregory Hills this year. 

Dart West Developments, will construct new playgrounds, sporting fields, a community centre and more before the end of 2018.


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