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Joining the dots

SEVERAL new large-scaled and brightly coloured artworks – created using thousands of specials dots only used once before in Australia – have been created as a way of welcoming people to the Clarence Plains suburbs of Rokeby, Clarendon Vale, Glebe Hill and Oakdowns.

The new artworks were made possible through the One Community Together (OCT) collaborative change project.

In partnership with Clarence City Council, the project team approached Hobart-based design studio Futago in 2016 to help source funding for some welcome signage.

OCT project officer Elise Parker said over many months the project developed into something “far more creative” than simple signage.

“Colourful new public artworks were designed by Alaskan artist Karen Larsen, who came to Tasmania to assist with construction of the works,” she said.

“The main artworks are visible along the South Arm Highway in Rokeby and feature four works selected by the community – Here, Home, Welcome and Together.

“Other artworks using the same lettering with more words are being developed for other sites within the Clarence Plains area.”

The artworks have been created by the community in collaboration with Ms Larsen, with one set of works being made by young people attending the Clarence Council Youth Centre.

Ms Parker said the project came about through an “inspiring submission” to the Tasmanian Community Fund for a community-based artwork which was about supporting a welcoming, proud, safe and attractive Clarence Plains community.

“The artworks will speak authentically and meaningfully to those living and working in Clarence Plains, creating conversation, excitement, pride and ultimately, a new identity for the area,” she said.

Futago, who helped develop the idea, has previously created large-scale artworks at the National Arboretum in Canberra and won international awards for its collaborative sculpture trail around Battery Point.

This project was funded with a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund, with co-funding provided from Clarence City Council and the Tasmanian Premier.

Caption: Artist Karen Larsen, left, with Grace Church pastor Dermot Cottuli working on the artworks. Photo credit: Sam Shelley.