Through a grant from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts POMO was engaged to deliver a city-wide creative placemaking renewal program in the Nambour CBD. The aim of the project was to creatively enhance the town’s night time appeal, encourage foot traffic and visitation.
We proposed a range of creative ideas in the public realm which met the terms of the grant, including three pieces of public art and identified five locations for the installation of artistic lighting. In total eight interventions were planned.
POMO commenced by writing a community engagement plan that brought locals into the decision making process and allowed them to have a say in what outcomes they wanted to see in their town. This engagement program exceeded expectations and gathered nearly 50% more responses than anticipated.
We then worked closely with a lighting designer and a digital light artist to co-design creative lighting works at five locations spanning private land, council owned land and State Government owned land.
POMO facilitated a rigorous process for the creation of three items of public art which was backed by council and saw artists invited to pitch for the work. A stakeholder voting panel chose the final artists and the community were given a say in the final works via an engagement portal and face to face pop ups run by volunteers.
POMO worked with the visual artists through the design process and helped manage requirements such as the integration of lighting, structural engineering and accessibility compliance.
During delivery we managed hold points, provided advice and assistance and co-ordinated a range of complex issues spanning private/public partnerships and leasing agreements, maintenance, access, stakeholder management, WH&S, site constraints and utility access.
In regards to the electrical and lighting works, we created and ran a public tender process and managed the contractual appointment of the winning tenderer.
The completed works were handed over to council in December 2022 and included:
POMO navigated all complexities around installation including working with council to manage site constraints, services identification, installation management and making good each site with rectification works.
This was a highly complex project with a wide range of stakeholders and interface with state, local and federal authorities. The project was successfully completed and handed over to council in December 2022.
POMO was engaged to collaborate with FourFold Studio and Vee Design in the revitalisation of the main street in Miles Western Queensland. Our role was to delve in the cultural history of the town and then design a number of bespoke creative elements in the landscape that express the uniqueness of the town.