Northern Beaches Council is planning a revamp of Dee Why’s main bus stop.

St David Avenue Park, which is immediately adjacent to the main bus stop at Dee Why on the western side of the road, will undergo an artistic transformation according to Council.

Council has commissioned two public artists, James Voller of Collide Public Art Initiative and emerging artist Dennis Golding, to create a public artwork as part of the redevelopment of St David Avenue Park.

A large-scale, public art installation will be designed to integrate with the park and engage the public. The work will explore culture and landscape, with designs inspired by the local topography in collaboration with local Aboriginal people.

Michael Regan

Michael Regan

Mayor Michael Regan said the artwork will focus on where Dee Why has come from, where it is now and where it is headed.

“This will be an ambitious, contemporary public artwork that is vibrant, community engaged and manufactured to the highest standard. The work shares markings and memories from the world’s oldest living culture and merges them with the latest digital and architectural technologies.

“Council is very supportive of innovative, high quality public art that enlivens our urban landscapes, and responds to the unique natural, social and built environment of the Northern Beaches,” said Mayor Regan.

The work will be informed by conversations Mr Golding (who is a Gamilaraay man) has with local Aboriginal community members and Mr Golding will be supported by Collide Public Art Initiative to translate his design into architectural materials.

Mr Golding’s design will be embedded within architectural panels, resulting in a dynamic work that will change as the viewer moves around it. A hidden internal lighting system will encourage further interaction with the work.

The redevelopment of the park is currently underway. 15 trees will be planted in the space, including an advanced, 4m Angophora Costata tree that replaces the London Plane tree that was removed recently due to terminal fungal disease. The Angophora is intended to provide structure and symmetry to the park and will grow to about 20m over 20 years. Circular seating around the tree will provide a shady spot to sit.

Four more species of trees will be planted through the park including Old Man Banksia, Eumundi, Golden Penda and Lilly Pilly. The garden beds will be filled with almost 1,500 native and introduced shrubs and ground covers that will complement the plants in the gardens across the road in the Town Centre.

135sq.m of timber decking and 315sq.m of paving will be offset by 35m of sandstone walls and steps. An additional 25m of grandstand-style seating will be situated at the rear of the bus stop.

The park will be lit for safety and accessibility from dusk to dawn and includes recessed wall lights, up lighting of the central tree and directional floodlighting. A drinking fountain will be installed and accessible toilets under the adjacent Carlyle Building will be open from 6am to 9pm. The toilets and timber deck will be accessible via a ramp.

The artwork is planned to be installed and completed by October 2021. Council are hosting an event at Dee Why Library tomorrow night (Wednesday, 07 April) at 6.00pm – 8.00pm to meet the artists. Mr Golding and Mr Voller will discuss their practices, proposed design, and take questions from the community. Bookings can be made online.

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