Public artists sought for Pelican sculpture

Minnesota’s “Pete” is the pelican to beat in the stakes for the world’s largest pelican sculpture Photo: “Jordy” Jordahl

The pelican has been synonymous with The Entrance for generations, and now Central Coast Council has begun to cast its net in search for a public artist to create a unique and engaging significant landmark Pelican sculpture.

Until June 29, submissions are invited from qualified and experienced artists for this art installation that will ultimately take pride of place in Memorial Park, The Entrance.

The first stage of this project will involve contracting one or more public artists to develop a concept design with estimated costs.

This is one of several place-based creative initiatives that Council is planning as part of a general activation and enhancement of town centres in the region.

The art installation will be expected to make a genuine contribution with the Memorial Park’s year-round use for a wide range of community and tourist activities including events, stage performances, markets, fairground rides, bike riding, kite flying and fishing.

Council Unit Manager Community Partnerships, Glenn Cannard, said the choice of a pelican as an artwork was a strong decision for the region as it seeks to broaden its appeal as a tourism destination.

“As well as being a landmark statement, the artwork is intended to demonstrate a level of environmental sustainability in the design and incorporate an important environmental education message about care and respect of the waterways and marine life,” Cannard said.

“Our goal is to revitalise the town centre and surrounding area of The Entrance as a key destination and attractor for businesses, residents, visitors and tourists, whilst raising awareness of the importance of our waterways.”

Mayor Lisa Matthews said Council was committed to activating spaces and places to complement activity around town centres, foreshores, lakes and green spaces for families, community and visitors.

“By contributing to the identity of the town centre, we are creating a usable, sustainable and vibrant space for visitors and residents to enjoy, and this art installation of a pelican is another that way we can get the community engaged,” Mayor Matthews said.


Media release, June 9, 2020, Central Coast Council