CLARENCE Plains was put on the global map recently when a local community change project won a major design award in Washington DC.
The ëHere Together, We Are Homeí project received the Global Design Award for Public Installation at the Society for Experiential Graphic Design’s (SEGD) 2021 Global Design Awards.
The SEGD Global Design Awards set the standard of excellence for experiential graphic design—honouring design work that connects people to place by providing direction, storytelling, and compelling experiences in public spaces.
The all-inclusive “Here Together, We Are Home” project culminated in a large-scale art installation being constructed on the main road leading into Rokeby, built using thousands of coloured dots placed by members of the local community.
“Here Together, We Are Home” was initiated by One Community Together, designed by Hobart-based design studio Futago, and funded by a Tasmanian Community Fund grant and Clarence City Council.
Futago Design director Kate Owen said “Here Together, We Are Home” was a world-class project for a place previously held back by a reputation for crime and unemployment.
“In collaboration with Alaskan artist Karen Larsen, we created a significant piece of public art that brings a deeper sense of pride to the area,” she said.
“We are delighted the SEGD in Washington DC has recognised its value.
“There has been a lot of research examining the positive benefits that public art provides to the community, and as a council, we value the important contribution public art plays in shaping our city’s identity.
“For this particular artwork to receive global recognition is just thrilling for the Clarence Plains community.”
Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the project was just another fantastic example of the Clarence Plains community coming together.
“This artwork serves as a positive reminder for the community that we are all a part of something greater and we can all strive to make positive impacts in our local community,” he said.