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...City to get boulevard of arts
Concentrated effort: An impression of the proposed Sturt Street arts precinct, which will link Melbourne's major arts organisations.
26 April 2007
AFTER almost a decade of planning, a $250 million scheme for the revamping of the Southbank arts precinct is set to begin.
Arts Minister Lynne Kosky today will announce $5 million funding for architects to design the first stage of the Sturt Street arts precinct.
This extension of Sturt Street will link it with St Kilda Road with a massive, sloping pedestrian boulevard.
Under the plan, a sweeping plaza will sit between the Arts Centre's two buildings, providing space for major events and performances.
Melbourne's most significant arts venues and organisations will open onto the new public boulevard. They include the National Gallery of Victoria, the Arts Centre, the Australian Ballet, the Malthouse Theatre, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the ABC, the Victorian College of the Arts and the new Melbourne Recital Centre, which is due to open in 2009.
Last night, it was unclear where money for the project would come from, though a vacant site owned by the State Government on the corner of Sturt Street and City Road could be redeveloped by the private sector to provide some funding.
Ms Kosky said the plan would eventually link many of Melbourne's major cultural organisations.
More than 3.5 million arts lovers each year already visit the venues in the area.
Even more would flood in as a result of the project, Ms Kosky said.
Arts Centre chief executive Tim Jacobs said last night: "This will be an extraordinary concentration of arts activity."
Mr Jacobs said it was estimated that between $200 million and $250 million would be required for the redevelopment.
National Gallery of Victoria director Gerard Vaughan also supported the proposal, which he said would give the gallery a "creative dovetail". "There is great potential to create a grand prospect behind the Arts Centre and the NGV that would really benefit Melbourne's cultural infrastructure," he said.
After next week's state budget formally sets aside money for the project, 10 architects and urban designers will be briefed.
A winning design for the precinct is to be selected from this group.
Full wiki article HEREThe original spire designed by Roy Grounds was 115 metres tall. By the mid-1990s, signs of deterioration became apparent on the original upper spire structure, and the Arts Centre Trust decided to replace the spire. The new spire was completed in 1996, and reaches 162 metres, though it is still based on Roy Grounds' original design. The spire is illuminated with roughly 6,600 metres (21,653 feet) of optic fibre tubing, 150 metres (492 feet) of neon tubing on the mast and 14,000 incandescent lamps on the spire's skirt. The metal webbing of the spire is influenced by the billowing of a ballerina's tutu and the Eiffel Tower.
^^ I don't know about that, Adelaide already has a highly significant cultural precinct. Also the Adelaide Festival is the nation's pre-eminent festival of Arts, complimented by the Fringe (alternative arts) and Womadelaide (world music festival). World class arts/cultural facilities and events already exist in Adelaide as focal points of the city's identity and character.