Council has a stock of public artworks developed over a number of years through commissions and community arts projects. Council is committed to establishing the arts and cultural identity of Clarence and creating an urban environment that reflects pride in the city through and integrated approach to the development of public art.
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Kangooroo by Matt Calvert was recently commissioned by Clarence Council for the recently re-developed Kangaroo Bay Parkland precinct.
The sculpture is an interpretation of a drawing of an Eastern Grey kangaroo titled Gum-‐plant and Kangooroo of New Holland that was made by colonial artist George Raper in around 1789. Like many of his contemporaries, the artist was clearly fascinated by his strange and exotic subject, and gave it some new and unique features such as its peculiarly skinny forearms and sweet rat like face.
Eastern Grey kangaroos lived in substantial numbers on the eastern shore in the early years of European settlement and for many years before that, when the area was home to the Mumirimina people of the Oyster Bay tribe. They were an important and plentiful food source for both the local Aborigines and the new settlers.
The Clarence Art Collection is a collection of contemporary and community artworks which have been amassed via acquisitions, through exhibitions such as the annual Open Art Exhibition, the Clarence Prize and gifts and donations. It was initiated in 1988 as part of Clarence’s participation in Australia’s Bicentenary.
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