Tuesday, 02 July 2024

Local students make their mark on Belvidere Street

We've launched a new temporary artwork installation, created by Maxxi May and students from Belmay Primary School, to bring a burst of colour and creativity to Belvidere Street.

The project grouped a class of 26 children aged between 10 and 12 with Maxxi Minaxi May, a multidisciplinary artist, to create an artwork for the corner location.

Mayor Robert Rossi was excited about the project, including its heritage theme.

“This year we celebrate our 125th anniversary as a local government, and I’m delighted that the idea for this artwork comes from the history of the area.

“At the turn of last century, the area around Belmont used to house a number of market gardens and this inspired the floral theme for the project.

“It is also wonderful to see community placemaking projects like this bring a little magic into our public places. I’m sure all the children involved are proud to see their creations come to life and beautify our local area,” he said.

The temporary fence art installation was created through a workshop process with the Year 5 and 6 class where they explored kirigami, the art of folding and cutting paper to make unique shapes.

Students created around 50 kirigami cutouts in a variety of shapes and colours. Maxxi then took the shapes, scanned them and used digital software to arrange the cut-outs into an aesthetic layered pattern to fit the central and side panels of the fencing. The design was turned into a vinyl print and installed on the fence.

The temporary artwork can be viewed on Belvidere Street, on the corner with Keymer Street in Belmont.