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Public Art in the Shire


Hepburn Shire has a great range of art in public places and is committed to enhancing the region through a robust Public Art program.

Hepburn Shire Council adopted Public Art Policy 40 C – December 2017 in December 2017.

Current Public Art Panel members are:

  • Dr Sue Walker AM
  • Dr Tess Brady
  • Ian Head
  • Kim Percy
  • Brad Hooper
  • Rebecca Russell
  • Craig Barrett

Public Art opportunities and commissions will be advertised on Arts Atlas and

Public Artwork in Progress

“Drop” – Glenlyon

Artist Name: Yu Fang Chi

Material: Stainless steel, Brass, Concrete

The work ‘Drop’ is located beside Glenlyon Dam. Made by reflective stainless steel, the giant drop responds to the precious water resource of the dam, mineral springs and the river as an homage to the natural beauty and contextual relationship with water in Glenlyon.  At the bottom, on the plinth, though the inlayed brass circles and Dja Dja Wurrung word ‘wanyarram’ (‘water’), the work intends to acknowledge and pay respect to the Dja Dja Wurrung as the Traditional Owners of the land and waters. The work will be completed in 2021.


Current Public Artworks

Previous projects were established in Daylesford, Creswick and Trentham as part of Council’s annual delivery of major public art commissions.

“Cottage” – Daylesford

“Cottage” was completed in 2015 at Lake Daylesford by local, Glenlyon artist, Jason Waterhouse. The artwork is made of decorative, hand-wrought iron inspired by patterns that can be seen around the town of Daylesford. “Cottage” draws on the architecture of miner’s cottages during the gold rush era. It seeks to remind us of the historical foundations of modern Daylesford.


“My Dearest” – Creswick

“My Dearest” is located in Calembeen Park, Creswick and was completed in late 2016. It is made from concrete and polyurethane by artist, Mark Cuthbertson. The work resembles a cup and ball child’s toy. “My Dearest” references the hardship and loss within families of the gold rush era. The artwork is a symbolic gesture of a sentimental item or cherished keep sake to provoke ideas of connection, loss and memories of the past.


“Inter-stelae” – Trentham

Artist Michael Needham at Stony Creek Reserve in Trentham with his artwork, Inter-stelae.
Photo credit: Richard Ryan

“Inter-stelae” is a monument to cultural presence on an ancient landscape, acknowledging that the site on which it sits is imbued with layers of cultural history and memory. It is a memorial that allows for a re-imagining of the natural environment and an appreciation of a land that is always bigger and older than its occupants.


“Lunaris” – Clunes

Artist Joanne Mott

Joanne Mott’s artwork considers the site’s relationship with the moon.  To experience the artwork, audiences can explore both the sculptural installation, and augmented reality imagery of the moon using a smart phone or other device.   Drawing on cues from the local environment, such its geological uniqueness and social history, Lunaris considers the site’s relationship with the moon.