Skaters to reclaim park
AFTER raising funds for the Inverloch skate park a decade ago, skaters will be given the chance to reclaim their space.
Bass Coast Shire Council’s public art project, which aims to revitalise the skate park, will be led by Inverloch Community House and coordinating artist Mary Sullivan.
The project will encourage young people to recolour, remake and reclaim the park.
“It is inspired by the original act of local engagement and action. Through a series of creative opportunities for those who use the park, I hope to re-catalyse a spirit of community participation and ownership,” Ms Sullivan said.
“Currently, the skate park is well used by several generations of skaters. However, there is no sense of place. The overall look of the park is stark and there is no evidence of occupancy. This project aims to generate a new energy and return Inverloch skate park to its roots of positive involvement and respect.”
Ms Sullivan became involved when she saw the opportunity arise to become involved in rejuvenating a beautiful community resource.
“I spoke to the children at the skate park who said, ‘Please don’t put a sculpture in the middle of the park. We want something relevant to us’. I started thinking about what was meaningful to them and what they love,” Ms Sullivan said.
The proposal will pull together a team of artists to work with the community.
“The first participatory work is called TRAX. It will record the swirls and swoops of bikes, scooters and skate boards that weave their way through the park,” Ms Sullivan said.
“A small group of children will be invited to ride through puddles of paint on a series of large boards on the ground. The paint will trace their movements on the boards. The resulting marks will inform the design of a painted track mural throughout the park.”
Ms Sullivan said a Mural Jam will also be held; a weekend event where young people who use the park are invited to work with experienced artists to make a series of murals for the space.
These murals will be replaceable, which will keep the space relevant to each generation of skate park participants.
A half pipe cinema has also been pitched, which will showcase the skills of talented skates in the area.
“This will give the children the opportunity to video themselves doing what they love and showing off their skills to their peers,” Ms Sullivan said.
“We will be putting in bleacher seats, and they will be using the computers and iPads in the library to put together their videos.”
At the Inverloch Community Hub last Thursday, artists were available to discuss the project with the community during a drop-in session.
Deputy mayor and chair of the public art reference committee Cr Jordan Crugnale said, “A community art project that involves children and youth, school, community house, library, local artists and artisans, YMCA, the Inverloch Lions and the men’s shed is a success by default. The final outcome is a bonus.
“Council has funded this component of the project through its public art annual allocation and are working with Mary Sullivan on the landscaping plan and funding options so as to open out, soften and integrate the park with the adjacent seating shelter area.”
Ms Sullivan said the project is estimated to be finished by late November, just in time for summer.
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