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Posted on 03/01/2019 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Nature Parks Commissions Artworks

Phillip Island Nature Parks is calling for expressions of interest for the creation of two unique sculptural artworks to be included in the new Penguin Parade visitor centre, due to open later this year.

Suitably experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are being invited to submit design concepts for the creation of a sculptural artwork to be featured in the Welcome to Country area of the new centre, to recognise the Traditional Custodians of the land, the Bunurong people, and welcome visitors to their Country.

“We’re looking for a highly visual piece of art to capture and stimulate visitor interest, that appropriately represents the cultural heritage values of Millowl (Phillip Island) and the Traditional Custodians, the Bunurong people,” said Kate Adams, Visitor Experience Manager with Phillip Island Nature Parks.

“The Welcome to Country artwork should also showcase the Penguin Parade as an iconic eco-tourism destination, and add value to the quality of the experience to visitors from all over the world.”

Design concepts are also being sought from all suitably experienced artists to create a second sculptural piece showcasing marine debris items collected from Phillip Island’s beaches as part of the Nature Parks’ Turn the Tide Volunteer program, to educate visitors about marine debris pollution both on the island and as a global issue.

“Marine debris has a significant impact on our wildlife and environment, and this artwork should inspire visitors to join the solution and take action to prevent the spread of marine debris through behavioural change.”

The expressions of interest for these two separate commissions open on Monday 7 January and close on Friday 18 January. Details are available at www.penguins.org.au/artworks or from Project Manager Ailsa Batey at abatey@penguins.org.au