Big Chair art installations at Woy Woy and Umina Beach

Volunteers from local disability service provider, Fairhaven, used the blank chairs as a canvas

The Peninsula is set to receive two new interactive art installations this week as a nod to the unique identity of the area.

The two Big Chair installations will be set up at Woy Woy wharf near the play space, and Umina Beach’s foreshore on Sydney Ave.

Each chair’s artwork is inspired by the identity of the area to help engage the community and improve visitor experience.

Council’s Director of Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan, said the creation of the Big Chair project has brought the community together through the eMerge youth program.

“This program supports emerging artists and has provided an opportunity for participants to explore their creativity and showcase their talents to the wider community,” Vaughan said.

“These groups have done a great job expressing the town centre identity and culture in their designs.

“I encourage our community from the north to the south to seek out a Big Chair near you, snap a fun photo and share on social media tagging #CCbigchairs.”

The announcement comes after local creatives and disability and community groups joined with The Entrance Men’s Shed to help create the chairs earlier this year.

Staff and volunteers from local disability service provider, Fairhaven, used the blank chairs as a canvas to create the artwork needed for the Umina and Woy Woy chairs.

The artists from Fairhaven said they drew inspiration for the chair design from the natural surroundings of Woy Woy and Umina including the “unmistakable identity of the waterways that land lock this Peninsula”.

As the most common element across the Peninsula, the water graphic has been used to represent Woy Woy’s wharf, whereas Umina Beach’s chair depicts “fun in the sun, surfing the waves and enjoying life”.

The Big Chair project has also expanded its installations to Budgewoi’s MacKenzie Reserve, Canton Beach, and on the Terrigal Esplanade.

The three additional chairs are also expected to be set up by the end of this week.

Residents are invited to follow the Big Chair art trail once it commences on Saturday, December 19.

Media release, Dec 15
Central Coast Council