Victorian artist Katherine Masiulanis has been chosen to create a new public artwork for the Cardigan Village Community Centre.
The artwork will be located in the community centre’s courtyard and is aimed to increase its look and feel, which is hoped will attract more people to use the underutilised space.
Masiulanis, who has designed public art all around the state said she designed her works to reflect the geological and volcanic history of the area.
“It’s a design that’s in several parts because we wanted to address the whole courtyard, not just a single sculpture piece,” she said.
“It’s addressing a whole range of things in the courtyard. The main thing though is we wanted to be able to draw the community into the space so we wanted to make it quite visible.”
Cardigan Village itself is located on an outcrop of ancient silurian sandstone within the volcanic plain.
Masiulanis said the artwork would also refers to the seasonal travel of Aboriginal people from Wendouree to Burrumbeet and migratory birds making a similar journey.
“I’m very proud to know that my work is being appreciated,” she said.
“I actually think the best thing of all is when you go back and people don’t have any idea who you are and you see them enjoying it.”
Mayor Samantha McIntosh said this work will continue to help make Ballarat and its regions more vibrant.
“If people go to a space that has public art that’s enjoyable, it brings numbers of people together which brings you more safety,” she said.
“We want to make sure that everyone feels safe and be involved.” The artwork will be installed by October.