Connecting the community through art … The Pride of Place Community Art Project
Carnegie Main Street traders and the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project wanted to place a smile on the faces of our local community during works to build the elevated rail and new Carnegie Station.
The Pride of Place “Butterfly” Art Project was selected to be a continuation of the much-loved art journey that has been created throughout Carnegie, over the past few years. This Pride of Place Art Project involved working with Scope. Scope is a not-for-profit organisation that exists to support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities to achieve their goals in life. The artwork produced truly reflects that regardless the ability, anything can be achieve by these talented artists.
The theme “Butterflies” was chosen for this art project. Around the world, they are a symbol for Joy, Endurance, Change, Hope, and the Journey of life and they bring colour and joy with them and appear to dance as they flutter among the flowers. They remind us not to take things so seriously within our lives. They awaken a sense of lightness and joy. They remind us to get up and move, for if you do not move, you cannot dance.
This project has been very successful in working together with the artists to develop their creativity and integrate with the wider community, Carnegie Main Street and participate in the Level Crossing Removal Project. They have used many mediums such as paint, mosaics and other materials on 18 specially carved wooden butterflies and six wooden trees. There are three wooden butterflies created in each group representing a family of butterflies, one large, one medium and one small sized butterfly.
The artwork was officially opened by The Mayor of Glen Eira, Cr Tony Anthanasopoulos, on Tuesday 5th June and is currently displayed at Carnegie Central, outside of Aldi, until the 30th of June.
We invite you to view these pieces and admire how our community can connect in such a positive way. A true testament to how our community at Carnegie works.