Young people, disability and community groups, along with The Entrance Men’s Shed have come together with their creative talents to create the Big Chair interactive art installations, which are now set up in five Central Coast town centres for the local community and visitors to enjoy this Summer.
Five oversized wooden chairs have been constructed by members of The Entrance Men’s Shed and used as the canvas for artwork created by young people from Gorokan and Terrigal High Schools and The Epicentre Community Centre, plus a team from Fairhaven’s Australian Disability Enterprise Team. Each chair’s artwork is inspired by the unique identity of the local areas where they will be installed to engage the community and improve the visitor experience.
Chairs are located in:
MacKenzie Reserve – Budgewoi (Weemala Street)
Canton Beach foreshore – Toukley (Beach Parade, close to the intersection with Lakeview Parade)
Woy Woy Wharf foreshore – Woy Woy (Brick Wharf Rd, near the playspace)
Terrigal Beach foreshore – Terrigal (Terrigal Esplanade, next to Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club)
Umina Beach foreshore – Umina (Sydney Ave, next to Umina Surf Life Saving Club)
Central Coast Council Director Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan said the creation of the Big Chair project has brought the community together and their installation will enhance the visitor experience to these five town centre locations these holidays.
“I’m excited to see a project from Council’s eMerge youth program in partnership with community groups come to life. This program supports emerging artists and has provided an opportunity for participants to explore their creativity and showcase their talents to the wider community,” Ms Vaughan said.
“These groups have done a great job expressing the town centre identity and culture in their designs. I encourage our community from the north to the south to seek out a Big Chair near you, snap a fun photo and share on social media tagging #CCbigchairs.”
Council Administrator, Mr Dick Persson AM said it’s great to see this creative endeavour come to fruition by the community despite the interruption by COVID restrictions this year.
“The Big Chair art program has not only provided a creative outlet and important social connection for the creators but has also delivered an engaging art installation for the rest of the community and visitors to enjoy,” Mr Persson said.
The community is invited to follow the Big Chair art trail - take a seat, take in the sights and sounds of nature, snap a photo and share on your social media tagging #CCbigchair with the corresponding town centre location, #lovetoukley, #lovebudgewoi, #loveumina, #lovewoywoy, #loveterrigal.