Geelong has a proud and long cycling history of professional and recreational/commuter cycling

What is on offer?

Expression of Interest

Project Outline

The City of Greater Geelong is seeking to commission a suitably qualified/experienced sculptor artist/team to develop a large scale highly interactive sculpture which celebrates Geelong as a cycling city. Geelong has a proud and long cycling history of professional and recreational/commuter cycling. Including Sir Hubert ‘Oppy’  Opperman and Cadel Evans. This project provides opportunities to reference cycling through a diverse range of symbolic or literal references.

The artwork will be the key Public Art feature in the Green Spine redevelopment of Malop St Central Geelong. The Green Spine will deliver significant change to central Geelong’s Malop Street, as a spectacular eight metre wide ‘botanic walk’ is built along the south side of the street. Funding of $8 million for stage 1 has been contributed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the City of Greater Geelong and Regional Development Victoria. The botanic walk will include a rich mix of native, indigenous and exotic plantings as well as new seating options to create an enjoyable space for people to eat, sit, relax and watch the world go by. Bikes will have a higher level of priority, with one-way separated bike lanes on both sides of the street, making it safer for those exploring or commuting by bicycle.

The feature artwork will be a key structural element in the redevelopment and a kinetic sculptural outcome is considered highly desirable


Artists are invited to submit information about their art practice and appropriate experience for consideration in the context of a two stage commissioning process.

Stage 1

Submissions should include a short biography outlining your art practice and recent relevant experience creating major artworks in the public realm (particularly in relation to kinetic sculpture if relevant), current CV (maximum 2 pages) and up to 5 images of your artwork and or webpage links for viewing examples of previously developed artworks. (Jpeg/Mpeg or video files – max 1Mb each).

Proposals must include a break down of expenses, and a conceptual framework/proposal for the project, which would be further developed/clarified with the successful artist/team.

Artists should familiarise themselves with the timeline below and confirm their availability to complete all requirements.

Stage 2

A Public Art Advisory group will shortlist up to 3 proposals to be developed into a detailed design/maquette. Artist fee of $1,500 will be paid to shortlisted artists.

Proposals must include complete design brief, construction, and installation methodology and timeframe for completion.

A successful artist will be selected from this process and awarded the commission

Project Timeline and Key Milestones

  • Commencement of EOI – Monday 31st July 2017
  • Submissions due   stage 1 – Monday 28th August 2017
  • Shortlisted Artists Selected & Notified – Friday 1st September 2017
  • Submissions due   stage 2 – Monday 2nd October 2017
  • Successful Artist commissioned – Friday 6th October 2017
  • Construction and installation – by negotiation

Project Budget

The total project budget is $85,000 (eighty five thousand dollars) exclusive of GST. This amount is inclusive of artist’s fees, travel, accommodation and expenses, and all costs associated with construction and delivery of the artwork. Installation of the artwork is by negotiation with the successful artist

The successful Artist/team will be required to attend site visits and briefings.

Scope of Work

Successful Artists will be required to:

  1. Register on Council’s Preferred Supplier System. This will require Public Liability Insurance cover ($10,000,000) if successful;
  2. Submit preliminary artwork concepts to the Commissioner for consideration;
  3. Following the successful proposal being shortlisted for Stage 2 submit an invoice for $1,500 for detailed design development;
  4. Supply a maquette and detailed design, engineering specification of the work;
  5. Liaise with and attend meetings with Arts & Culture Department staff as deemed necessary through development of the project;
  6. Participate in publicity or promotional events and media interviews where appropriate and as mutually agreed upon by both Parties in advance and in writing;
  7. Submit Artwork attribution and title;
  8. Supply a maintenance plan for the work
  9. Provide all requested information and complete all tasks in a timely manner and in accordance with any timelines and deliverable dates set forth in the contractual Agreement.

Direct enquiries and submissions to:

Steve Singline, Public Art Officer – Arts & Culture Department Phone: 03 5272 4704, 0438 961 405 ssingline@geelongcity.vic.gov.au

Submissions are to be received by email only and are due by COB Monday 28th August 2017

Site plan

The artwork will be located at the busy pedestrian crossover in Malop Street between Market Square and Westfield. The site is approximately 4.5m x 4.5m. There are no overhead impediments at the site. Further detailed site drawings will be made available to the successful artist/team.


Geelong, Victoria, Australia


Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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