Creative Streets is a place activation initiative that sees Council partner with the community to co-create, reimagine and creatively transform places around Maitland through temporary and semi permanent projects.
The program seeks to promote projects that create places where people feel connected, want to stay longer and have a memorable experience. This year there were two different rounds to this funding – Creative Streets After Dark and Quick Response Creative Streets.
‘ISO-MOOD’ was created by Stevi Cannon and Peter Sesselmann and was Maitland’s Motorised Mechanical Mood Monitor. The community responded to the weekly question on www.iso-mood.com and the interactive sculpture captured the collective changing mood of the community.
‘Nest’ was a whimsical take on our diverse community. Our Homes/ nests provide a sense of belonging, shelter and comfort. ‘Nest’ celebrated a different interpretation of what diversity looks like. Our need to feel safe and our love for incorporating aspects of cultures different to our own to enrich our nest/home. Bridget Taylor used natural and repurposed materials to create these solar lit homes that were attached to a deciduous tree in Central Maitland.
‘Shadow of the Day’ was an exploration of shadow puppetry After Dark through creative installations in five shopfronts in Central Maitland. The shadow based artworks, created by Joshua Anderson, were changed daily resulting in 70 artworks presented over 14 days between 14 September and 28 September 2020.
'Spatial Radiance', inspired by the 20th Century Dutch art movement 'De Stijl' was created by Karri McPherson and is comprised entirely out of recessed aluminium LED lights. The location of the work is in Church Street, Central Maitland.
A team of creatives were engaged to build an interactive, illuminated bamboo structure at The Levee Shared Zone. The installation was designed to weave around and between existing architecture and street furniture and was a fun and colourful addition to the streetscape 'After Dark'