Point of Difference
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The Frankston Waterfront, particularly around the pier and the mouth of Kananook Creek, has been a natural site for gathering and recreation for generations of local residents. As part of the ongoing renewal of the foreshore, through grants from the State Government Community Support Fund and Arts Victoria, picnic facilities have been expanded, restaurants established and an adventure playground built.
The visitor experience has been further augmented by a series of innovative artwork by Anna Minardo. This mosaic paving installation called Oasis is composed of swirling forms inserted in a special paved area at the start of the Frankston Pier. Oasis draws its inspiration from the headwaters of the Kananook creek and the many natural springs and swamps which used to dot the local landscape. Anna Minardo created and installed the project over twelve months using a variety of mosaic marble, granites and Venetian glass cemented on over 200 shaped honey-comb panels fabricated in her warehouse in Dandenong and than installed on site with a variety of coloured concrete. Her two mosaicists, a concreter and 18 volunteers worked around the clock over many months to achieve the desired effects: an allusion to an ever present well-spring, suggesting water could break through to the surface at any given time.
Scattered through the picnic grounds are whimsical bronze vignettes created by Anna Ross in response to art workshops held with students from Alder Court and Carrum Downs primary schools. The title Lost and Found suggests two meanings, one which relates to their random placement, thereby allowing children to engage in simple games of discovery. The other is attached to the seagulls Ross has crafted, who preside wickedly over their own found treasures of discarded food scraps and detritus.
The playground, near the Frankston Visitor Information Centre, has a nautical theme and was designed by Mary Jeavons Landscape Architects. Two works were commissioned for this popular area and were created to a brief requesting an interaction with the elements. Both achieve this simply and effectively. Sound Pipes by Ofra Smoli and Tam Thanh Nguyen harness the wind to provide sporadic, aural effects, whereas David Murphy, like Anne Ross, decided to honour one of the foreshores most ubiquitous residents, the seagull. His majestic bird (more correctly known as Laurus Novaehollandie) swivels around on its central pin when caught by the invigorating coastal breeze.
The foreshore is the site for two further, highly ambitious projects, which speak of the local area’s history and its inhabitants, strong connection to the sea. Until the 1860s, Kananook Creek drew its sweet tasting fresh water from the Carrum Swamp to its north. With the draining of these marshes (caused by the Paterson Cut), the Creek soon became a stagnate relic of its former self. The ongoing attempt by Council to restore life to this waterway has been one of the defining activities of the past century of foreshore development. In I, Kananook, the artist-poet Evengelos Sakaris pays homage to his story and to the generations of people who have fished in nearby waters. The lyrical words of Sakaris’ poem are permanently engraved into the upright pillars which now brace the Creek’s opening to the bay. By walking and reciting, visitors engage in an almost ritualistic chant summonsing multilayered meaning along the bath they traverse.