Public Art news

May 2018

A new opportunity for artists

Croydon town square artist impression

Croydon Town Square, artist’s impression

We are seeking responses to a new design brief for a series of seven perforated metal screens for Croydon Town Square. This is an opportunity for artists to design graphic elements in response to a fantastic new community site.

For more information about this commission download the artists' brief :

Artists' brief (PDF, 1MB)

Responses to the brief are due by Sunday 10 June 2018.

February 2018

More magnificent birds land in Maroondah

Cockatoos tree carving

Rob Bast’s Black Cockatoos, carved AcaciaStump, Long View Rd Croydon South

In an area known for its significant trees, the loss of a mature Acacia to lightning strike might have been cause for regret. But working with the local community Council engaged sculptor Rob Bast to produce a lasting tribute to the fauna of this historically and ecologically important part of Maroondah. The result is two magnificent black cockatoos, hewn into the stump of the old tree. You can find these birds in Longview Rd, just south of Pleasant Rise.

July 2017

Launch of the Mullum Mullum Owl

Mullum Mullum owl
William Eicholtz’s Mullum Mullum the Owl, on the Mullum Mullum Trail at Acacia Crt, Ringwood

William Eicholtz’s bronze, stone and crystal sculpture, Mullum Mullum the Owl was installed in late June and officially launched earlier in July 2017. The works were funded as part of the Acacia Catchment Flood Mitigation Project.

We’re sure the work will become a favourite for the many walkers and cyclists who use the trail. In his speech at the launch Eicholtz emphasised the contribution civic public artworks make to the creation of great community spaces.

March 2017

New Commission For Ringwood

Mullum Mullum trail art
Artist’s mock-up of the sculpture in situ beside the Mullum Mullum Trail at Acacia Crt, Ringwood.

Following a call for proposals in late 2016, we have commissioned award winning sculptor, William Eicholtz, to produce a new public artwork as part of drainage and infrastructure works in Ringwood.

William will be creating a unique bronze and stone artwork based on the powerful owl, a species that is still seen in Maroondah. The work will be installed adjacent to the Mullum Mullum Trail where it will be enjoyed by cyclists, pedestrians and passers-by.

Eicholtz’s artwork adorns the street frontage of the Victorian County Court building in Melbourne. He has completed many major public artworks in Australia and overseas and was a winner of Australia’s most prestigious sculpture prize; The Helen Lempriere Prize, in 2005.

November 2016

Happy Keys at Ringwood Station


As part of the Community Stations project the fabulous ‘Happy Keys’ piano, painted by Maroondah young people, has been installed at Ringwood Station. Happy Keys is always happy to played, or simply admired. After stints at the 2015 and 2016 Maroondah Festivals, and gracing EVs Youth Centre in Croydon. Happy Keys will be at the entrance to Platform 1 at the station until the end of January, 2017.

August 2016

Seeking proposals for Light box artworks

We are seeking proposals from artists to provide images for the San Carlos Art Box project, 2 illuminated A0 sized light boxes located in San Carlos Walk Croydon, adjacent to Croydon Main Street. Preference will be given to work and/or artists with a local connection.

Contact for more details.

July 2016

Fantastic New Playspace Artworks Launched

James Cattell has created a suite of enchanting artworks as part of the upgrade to the Wyreena playspace. A fantastic addition to Maroondah's public art collection, these artworks will delight children and adults alike and provide a link betweeen the formal playspace elements and the surrounding garden. Wyreena Community Arts Centre is located at 13-23 Hull Rd Croydon. 

February 2016

New Artwork Brings Ringwood Inside Realm

‘Stacked Houses’, has just been installed at Realm. This major photographic installation by award winning artist, James Voller, captures the changing face of Ringwood. On each of the building's three floors, Voller has created a manipulated interpretation of local domestic architecture, representing dominant themes from different architectural periods. The artwork provides a counterpoint to the clean architectural lines of Realm and plays with notions of interior and exterior, with streetscape details reimagined inside the Realm building.

This major new contribution to Maroondah's public art collection will be launched in February. Response from visitors to Realm has been overwhelmingly positive. And the experience for patrons is extended beyond the lift foyers with a surprise for anyone entering the rear lift, which has been embellished to mimic a typical lounge room.
Voller's artwork is the second major public artwork commissioned for Ringwood in recent months. It joins the PTV funded community art wall, 'Out of the Wood', at Ringwood Station. Painted by artist Carla Gottgens and members of the EACH ArtScape program for young people battling mental health issues, 'Out of the Wood' can be found on the car park wall on the Station St side of the refurbished station.

Public art has been consistently identified as a cultural priority by the community. These new artworks, along with the Public Art policy adopted by Council in 2015, demonstrate a commitment to meet this community expectation with a variety of artworks in public spaces that are sure to delight and surprise.

Ringwood Station Public Art Commission

November 2015
Photographer and public artist, Carla Gottgens, has been working with young people from the EACH mental health program to produce a community artwork at Ringwood Station.

This project is a major collaboration between Maroondah City Council, EACH, PTV, VicTrack and VicRoads.

The artwork, designed during a series workshops with the EACH participants, provides a significant community public art element at the redeveloped Ringwood Station. It is located on a section of wall along the Station Street boundary adjacent to the car park, and is viewable by passing cars and commuters waiting on the station platforms.

Realm Public Art Commission

Artist, James Voller was selected to provide public artworks within Council’s new library, learning and cultural centre, Realm.

James’s photographic artwork, featuring the domestic architecture of Ringwood, decorates lift lobby areas and the walls of one of the Realm lifts.

The artwork was installed by early 2016.

Attention Artists

Artists interested in being kept informed about public art opportunities that arise from time to time in Maroondah are invited to send contact details (e-mail essential) to