Treading a fine line over Honeysuckle art project | PHOTOS Show Your Stripes: A yellow, white and pink art installation at Honeysuckle. Pictures: Max Mason-Hubers
More photos of the artwork by Herald photographer Max Mason-Hubers.
A dog goes for a walk over the art project.
The T-Rex’s from Empire Coffee Co aren’t the biggest fans of the yellow lines.
A section of the artwork, focusing on the yellow stripes.
An aerial plan of the art installation, which the university sent to local businesses as part of “stakeholder notification”.
TweetFacebookDifference of OpinionNicholas said the project was “open to interpretation”.
“When we were installing it and kids went past, they were confronted by these lines. They started to hop over them andthere’s a different level of interaction,” he said.
“They start to interact with it in a way you wouldn’t have intended. It’s open-ended. I’m happy for people to have different opinions about it.”
Glen agreed that art was open to opinion.
“Ifpeople want to disagree with my opinion that’s fine. They can come in and check it out and then we can have a conversation over a coffee in my cafe,” he said.
“They’ll have to pay for their coffee though,” he said, adding that his business was “still struggling” over a car park closure at Honeysuckle and light rail construction.
On the MoneyThe Hopscotch artwork isone of fiveprojects that theSchool of Architecture and Built Environment is doing at Honeysuckle this year. They are part of the “Honeysuckle Placemaking” project along the shore.
The Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund gave$135,000 forthese five projects, whileHunter Development Corporation (HDC) gave its land owner’s consent for them to occur.
Glen said there were“a few things I could have spent the $135,000 on to activate the precinct”.
He said if proper consultationhad been done with the local businesses“I think it would have had a very different outcome”.
“Maybe the powers that be should have a chat with me sometime,” he said.
We understand that HDC supports the project and considers it an attempt to do something innovative. It hopes the artwork will attract people to the area.
A New WordDr Glenn Albrecht once coined the term“solastalgia”, which referred to distress caused by environmental change and destruction.
Now he’s created the term “alcoalism”.
Glenn, a Hunter resident and honorary associateat the University of Sydney, described it as “a serious addiction afflicting politicians who cannot give up political donations from coal companies”.
His remedy?Alcoalholics Anonymous.
“The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop taking money from coal companies,” he said.