Coming of the Colors by Sohan Ariel-Hayes, photo by Miles Noel

City of Melville Public Art Collection

The City of Melville’s Public Art collection consists of over 80 artworks which have been acquired through artist commissions, exhibition purchases, donations and community arts projects.

Public Art is integrated into City playgrounds, park landscaping and building designs and the City also encourages public art in private developments through its percent for art policy, Provision for Public Art in Development Proposals.

An updated Public Art map will be available shortly showing locations of Public Artworks around the City.

For more information, please email the Cultural Development Officer (Arts) or call 9364 0666.

Image: Coming of the Colours by Sohan Ariel-Hayes (2019)

Public Art Collection highlights

NEXUS (2020) by Chris Nixon 

In 2020 local Public Art artist Chris Nixon was commissioned by Satterley to create an integrated public artwork for a new housing development, Gallery, in Willagee.

The artist worked with the local Willagee Arts Group in a workshop to create collages inspired by local flora and fauna, which informed the painted treatments on the footpaths and roads of Nexus. The use of red ochre is representative of the site’s historical abundance of Wilgee clay, which was traditionally used for ceremonies and celebrations.

This trail is designed to come to life after sundown with integrated lighting elevating the space for an immersive experience. Visitors can expect a slightly different experience depending on the time of the year with the lighting responding to lunar phasing to track time of an evening.

In 2020 Nexus was awarded silver in the 2020 Australian Street Art Awards for Best Metropolitan Art.

Location: Gallery by Satterley, corner of North Lake Road and Archibald Streets, Willagee

Public Art can improve the connectivity of a precinct and its interrelationship with the rest of the area. Good public art can contribute to a sense of place, enhancing public spaces and celebrating cultural identity and community aspirations.

Public Art Strategy & Masterplan

Recognising how public art plays a major role in our community’s aspiration for a ‘Sense Of Community’ and in response to the growing demand for artwork to be integrated into the City’s projects and private developments, the City of Melville has recently developed a new Public Art Strategy and Masterplan.

This document defines principles and priorities for public art in the City and will help to guide resources and funding towards relevant public art projects that will enhance the City’s built environment, distinctive natural assets, significant Indigenous sites, historic locations and key destinations.

The Public Art Strategy and Masterplan provides a curatorial and technical framework for all new commissions, ensuring that the City of Melville’s public art collection is cohesive, curated, and surpasses industry best practice standards. This approach will enable the City of Melville to respond to new ideas about art, storytelling, interpretation and cultural expression.

Canning Bridge Art Trail

As you stroll along the Canning River foreshore you may notice some eye-catching sculptures and art pieces decorating the way.

Did you know there are 17 unique public artworks that stretch the foreshore from Point Heathcote to Mount Henry Bridge?

Download our pocked-sized Canning Bridge Art Trail brochure or pick one up from Goolugatup Heathcote Cultural Precinct and go on your own art treasure hunt. The brochure shows the location of each artwork and gives an overview of the piece and the artist.

  • Habibi by Ayad AlqaragholliHabibi by Ayad Alqaragholli
  • Procession by Leanne BrayProcession by Leanne Bray
  • Wireless Hill War MemorialWireless Hill War Memorial
  • Spider Web by Andrea VinkovicSpider Web by Andrea Vinkovic
  • Swan River Jellyfish Swarm - Installation by Jill O'Meehan and local studentsSwan River Jellyfish Swarm - Installation by Jill O'Meehan and local students
  • Freestyle by Tony JonesFreestyle by Tony Jones
  • Reflections by Steve Tepper and Mark DatodiReflections by Steve Tepper and Mark Datodi
  • Pilgrim by Russell Sheridan. Image credit: Peter Zuvela.Pilgrim by Russell Sheridan. Image credit: Peter Zuvela.
  • 5 Poles by Brian McKay - detail5 Poles by Brian McKay - detail
  • Point Walter Entry Statement by Mark Cox and Applecross SHS studentsPoint Walter Entry Statement by Mark Cox and Applecross SHS students
  • Fragment by Kevin DraperFragment by Kevin Draper

Past Community Art Projects

Enchanted Garden - Piney Lakes Sensory Play Park, Winthrop.

Artist: Jenny Dawson with the students from Corpus Christi College, Yidarra Catholic Primary School, and DADAA.

August 2016 to August 2017.

The project included people of all abilities who worked with the artist to create a series of tiled artworks that form and entrance to the Sensory Play Park.

Deepwater Point Jetty Art Seats, Mt Pleasant

Artist: Jon Denaro with the Waylen Bay Sea Scouts and Melville Woodturners.

December 2013 to December 2014, Artwork installed January 2015.

This cross-generational community arts project involved sculptor, Jon Denaro, working with the Waylen Bay Sea Scouts and Melville Woodturners. All materials were salvaged from the old Deep Water Point Jetty (removed from the river in December 2013). The Waylen Bay Sea Scouts created designs for the backrests and the talented Woodturners carved these designs into the timber.

Carawatha Park Community Arts Project, Willagee

Artist: Gila Cohen with Willagee residents

December 2014

Artist, Gila Cohen, worked with Willagee residents to create bushland inspired designs to decorate stepping stones in the new park on the grounds of the old Carawatha Primary School.

Mt Pleasant Park Stepping Stones

Artist: Carol Clitheroe with Year 6 students from Mount Pleasant Primary School, Year 4 students from St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School and local residents.

In November 2013, the City of Melville unveiled a new community artwork at the park on Ogilvie Road in Mount Pleasant.

Artist, Carol Clitheroe, worked with school students to create ceramic tiles, themed around the natural environment of the park, which were then incorporated into stepping stones and pathway features for the newly established park. Local residents who attended the park launch in June 2013 also had the opportunity to make tiles that have been included into the artworks.


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