Public Art in the Macedon Ranges

Image of people viewing the Bushfire Memorial - AFTER

Public art is art created by professional artists located in public spaces. Public art is site-specific, it relates and responds to the social, historical, environmental or physical context of the site.

Public art may include, but is not limited to, sculpture, murals, architectural design elements, installations, lighting effects, town entry or streetscape features and decorative paving.

Public art can reflect a diverse range of styles and practices from traditional to contemporary art. Artworks may be permanent or temporary. 

Public artwork guiding principles

  • Respect and integrity – The artwork design must respect all parts of the community. Art is subjective; while not everyone may agree with the outcome, the clear and documented process for assessing and selecting public art will respect both artists and the community. 
  • Sense of place – The design and placement of public art will respect Indigenous heritage, local history, express the local identity, enhance people’s experience of the shire’s public space and will not interfere with its intended purposes, amenity or environment. 
  • Sense of community – The community will be involved in the process of assessing and selecting public art, both pieces commissioned by Council and artworks proposed by individuals or community groups. Opportunities for local artists to be involved will be encouraged and promoted.
  • Value for money and good financial management - Avoids duplication of existing artwork. The project has an adequate budget to ensure quality design and implementation as well as consideration of the maintenance and repair costs of the artwork into the future. 
  • Quality outcomes – The end product is the result of a well-planned process, of excellent workmanship and of high aesthetic value. No reflective materials are used if located within a road reserve. 


To propose a public art project, follow these steps:

  1. Read Council's Public Art Policy.
  2. Provide details of the project by completing the Public Art Request Template(DOCX, 122KB).
  3. Contact Arts & Culture Coordinator, on (03) 54220 319 or