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Art wall influences changes to new store

Apr 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

boards3A Newtown art wall in John St has helped influence late changes to the building plans of a new $30 million Countdown supermarket.

The wall was included as part of a recent art trail project in Newtown and was well received within the local community. An example of the wall art is pictured right.

Based on the success of the project, the Newtown Residents’ Association suggested to the site owners, Progressive Enterprises, to include a community art space in the building project.

They agreed, and plans were re-submitted recently to the council.

Art trail project leader and co-ordinator at Newtown Community and Cultural centre, Becky Mawson, says there’s definitely a need for an art space.

“Newtown is full of creative people, who want to spread the word of creativity within the area. Art projects are another way of celebrating the community,” she says.

In a Progressive Enterprises media release property manager Adrian Walker says changes needed to be made to the external appearance of the building.

“It (now) better relates to the street including extensive glazing and verandas, and a new community art space on Hanson Street,” he says.

CREATIVE ARTIST:Michael Denton adding his mark (Photo supplied with permision from website)

ARTIST:Michael Denton adding his mark (Photo:from Michael's blog)

Mastermind behind the art wall, Michael Denton, thought of the idea as part of his masters degree and says he wanted a place for people to produce street art legally instead of tagging.

“Street artists have a voice in the city, and want to make their mark.  But if you provide avenues to do this then people will do so positively,” he says.

Originally planned as a temporary project, the wall was to be removed at the end of last year, but now is staying until building of the new store begins, which is expected later this year.

Mr Denton is not sure what will happen to the boards as he doesn’t own them, but he’s hoping they won’t be thrown away.

 Store features:-

  • Retail area of 3,210sqm. 
  • Seven small retail tenancies at the corner of John Street and Adelaide Road, including a café
  • 230 undercover car park spaces on two levels
  • Vehicle entrances from Adelaide Road and Hanson Street, and pedestrian entrances on John Street and Adelaide Road.
  • Verandas will provide shelter for passengers using the bus stop on John Street
  • An undercover bike storage area
  • Improvements to the John Street / Riddiford Street / Adelaide Road intersection
  • New traffic signals at the Hanson Street / John Street intersection
  • 180 new jobs at the supermarket 

 Other information

Visit Michael Denton’s Blog for local art projects

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