BY the end of this month about 50 artworks will be hung in the Shoalhaven Regional Cancer Care Centre adding a splash of colour, life and inspiration to its Arctic-white walls.
Local photography clubs donated photographs that will be hung along with works from Shoalhaven City Council’s art collection.
The centre’s recent installation of the sculpture Solon by Sydney artist Jan King at the centre raised eyebrows in the community.
Shoalhaven City councillor Alan Baptist said the invitation for that work went out nationally and attracted a large number of entries.
The entries for the sculpture were shortlisted to a group of 10.
Councillor Baptist said Solon was chosen for its colour, warmth and movement.
“It’s fragile looking, but it’s also quite strong, it has strength and flexibility,” he said.
“There is a Latin term used in that building, spesa et cura, which means hope and care.
“Paul Dean and I mulled over that for a long time. It is the basis for what we are striving to do with the art at the site.
“The artworks need to help build hope and care,” Cr Baptist said.
The community can expect to see more public art installed around the Shoalhaven with council recently agreeing to a public arts policy.
Cr Baptist was the city’s arts manager in 1998 and a plan was put in place then to place small sculptural elements throughout the city.
“There are some mosaics in Ulladulla and Milton, some bronze birds along the walkways in Sussex Inlet,” he said.
“Several communities have done their own murals in the past decade.
“The arts board and council have agreed to a public arts policy so the next step is to start looking at place-making, which means giving our town an identity through design, landscaping and forms of art that tell our story.
“Nowra’s got the most amazing stories.”