An independent body to develop and select proposals for
public art, as is common in other New Zealand cities, is needed
in Dunedin, says the Otago Sculpture Trust, which yesterday
proposed a pilot scheme for which it sought support from the
The council's art in public places programme is on hold while
an arts strategy is developed but the trust saw an
opportunity to trial such a group for the installation of a
proposed public art work in the warehouse precinct, as part
of revitalisation work, trust members Steve Mulqueen and
Peter Nicholls told councillors yesterday.
The warehouse precinct project was the ideal project on which
to trial such a group as, while a sculpture was planned,
there appeared to be no plan as yet for selecting or
installing the sculpture for this site.
The trust would form a subcommittee/panel to promote and
select proposals and develop concepts to their commissioning
and eventual installation, in collaboration with the council.
Council staff responded to the submissions by suggesting
there was an opportunity to work with the trust on a pilot
scheme similar to what they suggested, and that they would talk
further to the trust to advance the idea.
They also recommended the council allocate $10,000 seed
funding in the 2014-15 budget to establish the pilot scheme.
Cr Aaron Hawkins questioned whether the group was the right
one to pilot such a thing, given public art was much broader
than just sculpture, and whether it would be comfortable if
such a group was set up and the trust ended up not being the
ones leading it, but Mr Mulqueen said sculpture was now a
broad and generic word for many different types of art and
the trust had many years of experience and believed it had
come up with a fresh approach to these decisions/procedures.
Councillors requested clarification of how much money would
be required to fund such a pilot before they discussed next
week whether to fund it.