MARS Gallery leading public art commissions - Art Collector

Jacqueline Mitelman, Smith Street Portrait Project, 2013. Courtesy: the artist and Mars Gallery, Melbourne

20 November 2013 | Andy Dinan, the director of MARS Gallery in Melbourne, has just revealed the details of her latest public art initiative.

Dinan has spearheaded a range of public art projects across Melbourne over the past 18 months. Working alongside artists, developers, architects and local councils, she has facilitated creative collaborations that turn residential developments into unique and inspired destinations.

Priscilla Bracks, Daniel Agdad and Alexis Beckett are the artists who will transform the Eden and Haven complexes. Eden and Haven are two luxury residential properties located on the Yarra River in Melbourne's south. Hamton, the developer of the two properties, has engaged in an active public art strategy with Dinan's guidance.

Bracks was commissioned to create
The Acacia Place Light Wall - see below for a picture. Agdad and Nicholls were voted by the public, and they will each unveil a sculpture along the new landscaped public walkway that connects Victoria Street to the Yarra River.

Priscilla Bracks, The Acacia Place Light Wall, 2013. Hamton public art commission at Eden, Abbotsford. Courtesy: the artist and Mars Gallery, Melbourne

Dinan is also working on public art commissions in Collingwood's Smith Street, on the redeveloped Footscray Plaza, and apartment complexes in Preston, Port Melbourne and the Melbourne CBD.

The first phases of the Smith Street commission have recently been unveiled. Photographer Jacqueline Mitelman set up a mobile studio on Smith Street earlier this year to capture the lives of passers by to create
The Smith Street Portrait Project. Ten of those portraits now line the hoardings, and the remaining commissions will be revealed in the coming months.

Upon completion of Dinan's current projects, there will be over one million dollars worth of art created and installed by emerging and mid-career Australian artists.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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