Grilles on shop windows that are things of beauty in themselves, from inside and out; gates at the shop entrance that are a work of art: instead of deadening the street with blank roller doors, they enliven it, while delivering the same security or better. It's happening here in Alice Springs. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
I was commissioned to provide creative direction for the eastern end of Parsons Street from the ‘ancient red gum’ to the Todd River. Public art and design projects of the scale envisaged provide a rare, perhaps once in a generation opportunity to define our sense of identity and place.
The dramatic natural environment is regarded as the common ground that binds us all together and this is crystallised in the biodiversity corridor proposed for Parsons Street. I've also highlighted the critical importance of distant landmarks and the availability of winter
sun. Too often these public assets are only valued and recognised, when they are lost to the streetscape: casualties of 'progress'. MIKE GILLAM writes.
Pictured: Top –Right – Magpie Lark. These birds are frequent visitors at outdoor cafes around town. Photographs copyright MIKE GILLAM.