Gateway artworks embrace cultural diversity

Embracing cultural diversity and showcasing the voices of children in the local community was pivotal to the Miller gateway public art project.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller has unveiled a new plaque at the John Dwyer bridge as part of the rejuvenation of the gateway.

The gateway public art project includes:

  • Concrete seating blocks painted in bright colours featuring speech bubbles that contain quotes from members of the Children’s Parliament;
  • Welcome 2168 public art signs in English, Arabic, Vietnamese and Dharug
  • Enhanced green spaces on strips and feature gardens.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the Miller gateway art project is a great conversation starter and brings an added dimension of culture and colour to a main entrance point in the 2168 area.

“We are proud of the cultural diversity in Liverpool and the welcome signs on the John Dwyer Bridge provide an opportunity for people to embrace familiar and unfamiliar languages that represent the cultural richness and heritage in the Miller area and surrounding suburbs,” said Mayor Waller.

Council engaged Artist Graham Chalcroft who worked with the Liverpool PCYC students in 2010 to capture how young people responded to the world they live in which has been used in the public art works.

“It is important to include the voices of younger members of the community in this project, this is their home and we wanted to provide a setting in which they could celebrate their voices,” said Mayor Waller.

The public artworks were funded by the Social Housing Community Fund (SHCF).

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