Public Art Group



The Omokoroa Public Art Group was formed by Community Board member Gary Webber, as a result of local people responding to a request by the Community Board to submit ideas for Community Art. at one of the Future Focus meetings. OPAG met, discussed the summary of ideas presented (these had been printed in the Omokoroa Omelette previously) and developed a concept of outdoor sculptures for the Omokoroa community, for sites on or near the seven roundabouts planned for Omokoroa Road. The concept of representing the development of Omokoroa in sculpture from early Maori occupation, to arrival of Europeans, to today, was developed. Possible artists were approached and ideas discussed.



The Omokoroa Community Board representatives invited OPAG to present their ideas and OPAG received endorsement from the Board for the project. The first sculpture – an iron work displaying the recreational activities – was installed at Western Ave, with funding from WBOPDC. A large rock with lizard at the entrance to Omokoroa Road is the second project. As projects are completed, signage will be added to acknowledge sponsors, artists, etc. OPAG members meet when the need arises, to make a decision, to explore funding options, etc.



Interested in joining the group? Interested in contributing ideas?

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Communities gain value through public art – cultural, social, and economic value. Public art is a distinguishing part of our public history and our evolving culture. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces. It provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas. Public art is freely accessible. The WBOPDC has a Public Art policy, and has taken great pride in the Omokoroa History Group's sculpture of Tice Gellibrand at the Point. Formulating a historical theme for the sculptures at the roundabouts will develop greater interest in Omokoroa's history. It is a way to attract visitors to the area. This will benefit local businesses as well as developing pride in the uniqueness of this area.