Stockland has commissioned five internationally acclaimed, yet mysteriously secretive, street artists to add their creative flair and finishing touches to the first stage of the $222 million redevelopment of Stockland Wetherill Park.
The community-focussed public art project titled ‘Own the moment’ will include larger than life murals by the hand, brush and spray cans of Fintan Magee, Numskull, Jumbo, Nico and Beastman.
The artists will curate a number of bold contemporary artworks over the coming weeks for the Childcare and Community Centre on Polding Street and inside the new Wetherill Park Shopping Centre
“The aim of this public art project is to provide our customers with a remarkable experience, which respects and reflects the history and diverse cultures of the Wetherill Park community.”
To kick off the public art project, contemporary muralism street artist Fintan Magee,dubbed the Australian ‘Banksy’ will transform the exterior of the Childcare centre on Polding Street. With an additional three art collaborations with the other artists to take place over the next three weeks.
Fintan Magee, comments “Public and street art is very important because not everyone can go to a gallery every day. It is important to make art part of everyday life. I am excited to be bringing my art to Western Sydney as part of this new project for Stockland Wetherill Park and hope customers and the community will enjoy the murals for many years to come.”
The ‘own the moment’ Public Art Series at Stockland Wetherill Park is part of a longer term strategy to provide our customers and the local community with a creative experience that engages and inspires. This will be further developed over the next year including events and festivals within the centre, permanent and temporary artworks and community development projects.
Stockland Wetherill Park is encouraging people from the local community to come down and see the creativity come to life before their eyes. The ‘canvas’ for the public artwork can be seen clearly on Polding Street and will later feature in Kinchin Lane and opposite the travelators in Stage 1. In addition to watching the resident artists live, the visual transformation will also be tracked via instagram by following the hashtag #ownthemomentwp.
Justin Travlos explained, “Stockland Wetherill Park is not just another shopping space but a new piece of urban infrastructure for the community.”
“We’ve carefully selected these artists not only because of their talent with a portfolio of work that is recognised locally, nationally and internationally; but to set the benchmark for all future projects.
“We want the art to reflect the people and environment of Western Sydney, to through a celebration of diversity, creativity and colour, while adding an additional splash of uniqueness to the centre. We look forwarding to evolving the public art project with local artists in the future and continuing to transform Stockland Wetherill Park to deliver more than just another shopping experience.”
Notes to editor:
Stage 1 of Stockland Wetherill Park will be delivered in Autumn 2015. This will include:
- A refurbished 12-screen Hoyts cinema
- 3 new mini majors including JB Hi Fi, Amart Sporting Goods and Kathmandu
- An expanded external restaurant, entertainment and leisure precinct, Kinchin Lane with over 10 restaurants and food eateries
- 50 specialty stores
- 250 car parking spaces in addition to the 500 spaces delivered before Christmas 2014
Wetherill Park is already underway and will be delivered by mid-2016. This will include:
- An expanded food court
- Higher end fashion retail
- An additional 750 car parking spaces
- A brand new 4200 sqm Coles supermarket and expanded fresh food offer to our customers
Upon completion, the Stockland Wetherill Park Shopping Centre redevelopment will feature:
- Two full line supermarkets, (Woolworths and a new Coles supermarket)
- Two full line discount department stores, (Big W and Target)
- A refurbished 12-screen Hoyts cinema supported by an expanded external restaurant, entertainment and leisure precinct
- A new, separate 800-seat indoor-outdoor food court and an expanded fresh food precinct
- 10 Mini Majors
- 200 specialty tenancies, comprised of 175 in-line shops and 25 kiosk sites, and 8 pad sites
- 2700 car parking spaces
- Stockland is targeting 5 Star Green Star ‘design’ and ‘as built’ environmental ratings, a first in the Stockland retail portfolio.
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