What you want to do in the public space and why?
Create a series of 3D Pavement Street Art with local themes: Darwin History, Aboriginal Culture & Natural Attractions. Our goal is to add a visitor experience that they in turn will capture and share to the world. The Power of Social Media in promoting tourism is strong. A short video I made about this crocodile art has been viewed more than 4800 times.
How you will make this project happen?
The Current "Crocodile" 3D art at the end of The Smith Street Mall was completed by an artist from Zest Events, and Australian company that specializes in 3D street art. As well, they hold workshops & festivals with the intent to train local artist how to create their own works. We would commission them to create 3-4 designs while teaching local artists. They have supplied suggestions and are interested in hearing ours regarding themes.
When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?
We would have to be mindful of the wet season and work to a schedule. Their time frame is approx. 7 days per work.
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
Permission from City Council for the foot paths (as was obtained for the Smith St Mall for the croc art). Other areas could be considered such as the foot path in civic park, Raintree park, Tamarind park...endless possibilities.
How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?
Zest International is an Australian company (zestevents.com.au) that creates these world class art works and holds festivals. These festivals aspire to train locals and develop community involvement admiration. They will supply the artists and encourage local artist to participate and learn. The number of local artists is dependent on participation interest. The Managing Director is a previous resident of Darwin and hopes to involve indigenous artists.
How will you know your project is successful?
Near each artwork will be information on what the work is, how to best utilize it (where to stand and how to best capture) and suggestions on how to share. These shares could be directed to Darwin & Northern Territory Tourism through hashtags, Instagram, Facebook pages and websites. A Facebook page could be set up for people to upload their captures and share their experiences. As well, each artwork will have "Darwin, Australia" included to promote their origin. A further number of artworks could be commissioned using corporate sponsorship with a map created for visitors to follow the trail.