SOUTHERN WAY MCCLELLAND COMMISSION

$300,000 Southern Way McClelland Commission

Call for Entries

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery and Southern Way have announced the sixth call for entries for the 2021 Southern Way McClelland Commission valued at around $300,000. This commission provides a unique opportunity for national and international artists to develop an ambitious public sculpture that will enhance the travel experience to the Mornington Peninsula and strengthen the Melbourne’s reputation as a major hub of contemporary public art.

This new sculpture will be sited along the Peninsula Link freeway in Melbourne’s southeast as part of a unique and award-winning commitment to public art. The commission forms part of an ongoing program of new sculptures that alternates every two years between sites along the Peninsula Link freeway at Skye Road and Cranbourne Road, resulting in 14 commissions over the 25-year period to 2037. Southern Way generously donates funding for the sculptures. After four years on public display the commissions form part of McClelland’s permanent sculpture collection. Previous commissions include Gregor Kregar’s Reflective Lullaby 2015 and John Meade with Emily Karanikolopoulos’ Love Flower 2019.

The 2021 commission will replace Michael Riddle’s sculpture Iconoclast located on the Skye Road site, on the Langwarrin exit ramp close to McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery.

The call for submissions is open from 28 February 2020 until 29 May 2020. The fabrication and delivery of this work must be completed by the end of August 2021. Submissions must be received by no later than 5pm AEST on 29 May 2020.

Download the application form and image package here.

​Image: John Meade with Emily Karanikolopoulos, Love Flower 2019, Southern Way McClelland Commission. Photo by Andrew Curtis.

Southern Way McClelland Commission 2019: Love Flower

Melbourne’s cultural landscape has an exciting new addition, as the next instalment of the $250,000 Southern Way McClelland biennial sculpture commission has been revealed. Artist John Meade, with Emily Karanikolopolous, was awarded the commission for his elegant and enchanting sculpture, Love Flower. This enchanting work is based on an Ikebana flower arrangement with an agapanthus flower. Although it is classified as a weed in Frankston, ‘Agapanthus’ means ‘love flower’ in Greek and was used as a love and fertility charm in ancient cultures. The gesture of giving flowers is also an act of love from the artist, who has close family in Langwarrin. Be sure to see this work at night as the petals light up in a beautiful display!

Southern Way McClelland Commissions

Three monumental contemporary sculptures were installed along the Peninsula Link freeway in Melbourne’s south east in 2012, as part of a unique and award-winning commitment to public art, the Southern Way McClelland Commissions. Established in 2013 as a Public Private Partnership between Southern Way and McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, this ongoing program of iconic artworks has established the Mornington Peninsula as an internationally significant hub for public art and contemporary sculpture. The series alternates every two years between sites at Skye Road and Cranbourne Road along Peninsula Link, which will result in 14 commissions over a 25-year period to 2037. Southern Way generously donates funding for the sculptures in giving back to the community of Frankston and Langwarrin. After four years on public display the commissions become part of McClelland’s permanent collection in its 16-hectare sculpture park. McClelland was awarded the Creative Partnerships Australia 2013 SME Award for its work with Southern Way’s Peninsula Link Freeway through this initiative.

Commissions to date include Louise Paramor’s Panorama Station, which resembles a space-station and is permanently located on Peninsula Link at the EastLink interchange. Dean Colls’ work Rex Australis: The King is dead, long live the King is located at McClelland Sculpture Park. Phil Price’s wind-activated kinetic sculpture, Tree of Life, has found its new home at McClelland. At the Cranbourne Road site, Gregor Kregar’s chrome gnome titled Reflective lullaby has been replaced by Love Flower by John Meade with Emily Karanikolopoulos. Michael Riddle’s Iconoclast, a transmission tower crushed under the weight of a boulder, is currently installed at Skye Rd.

​Image: John Meade with Emily Karanikolopoulos, Love Flower 2019 (detail), Southern Way McClelland Commission. Photo by Nic Joynson from LighEFX.