Miles Streetscape

This project is a collaboration with Four Fold Studio and Vee Design.

It involves the revitalisation of the main street of Miles in Western Queensland.

Currently underway, we have been able to collaborate with Four Fold to engage with community representatives in order to understand the culture and history of the town. POMO also undertook one on one interviews and community engagement with local community leaders and residents. Through this process we were able to build upon a solid foundation of community involvement and gain a deep understanding of the special historical and cultural qualities of this unique community.

This framework has allowed us to embark on a creative design process and create a number of place-specific objects and embellishments that sit neatly in the landscape of the revitalised main street. These objects each tell a different story of Miles and represent a unique part of the town’s history. The items were made by a range of creative professional including a local sculptor, two local visual artists and an artisan woodworker. Other tradespeople were also involved with POMO managing and being involved in each aspect of the delivery process from sourcing materials, selecting treatments and working hands on to help deliver one-off creative outcomes for this project.

Wall of greats timber carvings

Artistic arbour ceiling panels

Vintage rum bottle installation

Long bar table

Local wildlife sculpture

Early concept sketching

Early concept sketching

Project Outcomes

The outcomes will find their way into the streetscape in mid 2022 and include:

  • illuminated ceiling panels that sit in an arbour, with artwork created by a local artist which speaks to the significant flora of the area.
     
  • a free form timber table with stools which was fashioned on a hotel bar which burnt down early in the history of the town.
     
  • a vintage rum bottle installation that recounts a tale told by locals of stock drovers stashing rum bottles into trees on their way to and from town with a herd for sale at the yards.
     
  • a wall of greats which will feature carved elements that are connected to local historical characters. Each carving has an interpretative sign that explains the carving and its connection to a story from the town’s past.
     
  • a series of reclaimed steel fish sculptures made by a local artist that reflect the Murray River Cod of the area’s river systems.
     
  • a series of seats made from railway sleepers which connect to the town’s railway history. Each seat features a small signage panel that contains a quirky story about the town’s past.
     
  • a wayfinding sign also made from recycled railway sleepers that pinpoints the location of the town’s historically significant buildings plus gives visitors instructions as to how to undertake a audio based walking tour that talks people through the town’s history. The walking tour is an audio trail made by Soundtrails.

Arbour lightbox with artist made local flora design

Arbour lightbox with artist made local flora design

Arbour panels with local botanical pattern

Arbour panels with local botanical pattern

Bronze calf installation

Bronze calf installation

Sculptural fish made by local artist

Sourcing Stringybark logs for carving

Stringybark logs in artist's workshop

Timber selection for railway sleeper seats

Completed railway sleeper seats

Long table timber selection

Long table after preparation

Wayfinding sign in progress

Carved log in progress

Carved log in progress

Carved log in progress

Carved log in progress with botanical reference

Wayfinding sign installation featuring historical audio trail

Wayfinding sign installation featuring historical audio trail

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