A lot of the work undertaken by Newcastle Now falls into the category of placemaking, that is a project that adds a little oomph, pizazz or mojo to a city
space to help make it more than just a city space – it becomes a place.
One particular project that has been turning heads and delighting city folk is our growing community of ‘pillar people’ which at the time of writing, has grown into a small army of 12.
Local artist, Rebecca Murray, who runs Flying Spanners Gallery in Teralba (a little suburb on the northern shoreline of Lake Macquarie) has been commissioned to paint murals on telecommunication pillars across the Civic Precinct.
Unsightly pillars used to house telecommunication wires have been painted in costumes representing the various workers who utilise the precinct on a daily basis, including a judge outside of the Law Courts, a superhero outside of Graphic Action Comics, a bride near the strip of bridal boutiques and her groom dressed in a penguin suit further down the road near men’s formal wear.
The project is the collaborative brainchild of some clever business people in the Civic Precinct who meet once a month to collaborate on placemaking projects, as part of a business advisory group program coordinated by Newcastle Now Business Improvement Association.
Here is a list of the pillar people army as it currently stands..