175 Years of Adelaide City Council - Public Artwork

Consultation has concluded

UPDATE - June 2016

In 2015 the City of Adelaide celebrated 175 years of local government. This is a significant event in both the history of our State and our Country because the City of Adelaide was the first local government to be formed in Australia. Read more here.

As part of the celebrations Council chose to commission a major public artwork reflecting this important milestone.

Council invited feedback from the community, with a broad range of respondents sharing ideas on notable people, groups, events and achievements that have contributed to our City over the last 175 years. This feedback was then included in the Project Brief which formed part of the Expression of Interest call-out to artists.

Four artist groups were then chosen to develop a concept design for the artwork, to be located in the surrounds of Council’s administration building forecourt at 25 Pirie Street, with the artwork intended to be integral to the redevelopment plans for the Site.

The selected artist team, CHEB Art and Design, considered all feedback when developing their proposal and concluded:

In thinking about the 175-year history of the Adelaide City Council it was impossible to select 1 or 2 moments, events or people to celebrate on their own. As we know growth over that many years evolves due to the efforts of many. The idea of including these moments, people and events led us to the visual representation of a timeline or family tree.

It seems fitting to choose the tree motif as it also incorporates the commitment that council has made to building a greener city. The artwork will be a large triangular shape terrazzo floor with the ‘city’ family tree embedded within it. Our tree design will have 175 branch ends - one for each year of the councils existance.

Alongside the terrazzo floor and continuing the theme of the tree we will add three “Branchracks” to the collection of well populated bike racks in the forecourt of the ACC Colonel Light Building.

The Project Advisory Panel would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback on this project.

Project Information

  • Read through the Consultation Pack for further background information.
  • Browse the FAQs section for commonly asked questions about this project.
UPDATE - June 2016

In 2015 the City of Adelaide celebrated 175 years of local government. This is a significant event in both the history of our State and our Country because the City of Adelaide was the first local government to be formed in Australia. Read more here.

As part of the celebrations Council chose to commission a major public artwork reflecting this important milestone.

Council invited feedback from the community, with a broad range of respondents sharing ideas on notable people, groups, events and achievements that have contributed to our City over the last 175 years. This feedback was then included in the Project Brief which formed part of the Expression of Interest call-out to artists.

Four artist groups were then chosen to develop a concept design for the artwork, to be located in the surrounds of Council’s administration building forecourt at 25 Pirie Street, with the artwork intended to be integral to the redevelopment plans for the Site.

The selected artist team, CHEB Art and Design, considered all feedback when developing their proposal and concluded:

In thinking about the 175-year history of the Adelaide City Council it was impossible to select 1 or 2 moments, events or people to celebrate on their own. As we know growth over that many years evolves due to the efforts of many. The idea of including these moments, people and events led us to the visual representation of a timeline or family tree.

It seems fitting to choose the tree motif as it also incorporates the commitment that council has made to building a greener city. The artwork will be a large triangular shape terrazzo floor with the ‘city’ family tree embedded within it. Our tree design will have 175 branch ends - one for each year of the councils existance.

Alongside the terrazzo floor and continuing the theme of the tree we will add three “Branchracks” to the collection of well populated bike racks in the forecourt of the ACC Colonel Light Building.

The Project Advisory Panel would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback on this project.

Project Information

  • Read through the Consultation Pack for further background information.
  • Browse the FAQs section for commonly asked questions about this project.