NOLA DIAMANTOPOULOS / AWARD WINNING HAWTHORNE CANAL COMMUNITY MOSAIC
Congratulations to Nola Diamantopoulos, whose project for the Hawthorne Canal Community Mosaic was last night award a Local Government Arts and Culture Awards.
The award category was Public Art and Placemaking and is defined as the “Design of public space to cultivate local distinctiveness and sense of place, including public art, creative approaches to public space design and developing gathering spaces”.
Congratulations to everyone who participated over the six years it took to create such an exceptional community art work.
Completed in 2011, this project represents an outstanding collaboration between community volunteers, Railcorp, Leichhardt Council, and local artists. Planning commenced in 2005, and after thousands of hours of community dedication by volunteers and local schools, the vision has been realised. The project aims to enhance the personal security of local residents and the many people who use the rail tunnel and canal footpath network everyday. Before it was installed this tunnel was miserable, dark and vandalised. Now it is a glowing example of community art and best practice community safety intervention.
Volunteers aged from 4 to 75 have thrown themselves behind this project. Together they contributed over 5,000 hours in order to place over 475,000 mosaic pieces together. Their dedicated work saw the creation of this wonderful vision of the natural history of Long Cove Creek, as the Hawthorne Canal water tributary was originally known.