Public art survey asks Murray Bridge residents about locations, types of art they would like in parks, on streets

Melinda Rankin would like to see more art outside the walls of her gallery, out in Murray Bridge's streets and parks.

The director of the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery is spearheading an information-gathering campaign around public art in the rural city.

A survey aims to find out what kind of art people like and where it should go.

The installation of public art in Sixth Street was included in the budget for the makeover of that street last year.

But the Murray Bridge council would also be interested in erecting other sculptures or works elsewhere in the city, said Mayor Brenton Lewis.

"Murray Bridge has some significant works of public art that have emerged as part of past events and community sponsorship," he said.

"With various plans for development of our trails and riverfront in progress, it's a perfect time to become strategic about the kind of art we want to include in our public spaces."

Information collected through the survey will be used in the formation of a council policy about public art which will guide planning decisions, and funding allocations, over the next five years.

If public demand for art proved strong, the council could seek extra funding from other sources accordingly.

The council adopted a rougher version of the public art policy in 2015.


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