Art meets orienteering in Victoria Park

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A new orienteering art trail installed in Victoria Park will be officially launched on Saturday December 10.

Ten concrete sculptures have been placed throughout the park. Each one has been designed and constructed by local students from the Merri River and WAVE schools, with support of local artist Michelle Shearer.

Each sculpture has holes in it which if you look though, will guide you to the next marker on the trail.

They also include QR codes which feature content such as augmented reality developed by students from the Warrnambool College Multicultural Leadership Group and Warrnambool East Primary School with help from One Day Studios. 

Other QR codes link to environmental animations developed by members of Green Futures Now.

A QR code on each sculpture also provides bearings for you to navigate to the next marker.

Warrnambool Mayor Cr Debbie Arnott said that a collaborative approach between Council’s Youth Engagement team, local schools and young residents has led to a great outcome.

“This is a really creative way to add visual interest and increase visitation to Victoria Park without taking away from the wide open spaces that people already enjoy,” she said.

“A project where you can combine art and exercise is always going to be a winner, and it was just fantastic to see so many people come together to bring this project to life.

“It’s especially great for kids to be able to see their works of art on permanent public display. It just fills them with pride.”

The official starting point is near the water tower off Hyland Street but you can start at any point in the park.

The launch is at 10am on Saturday December 10 near the water tower, with compasses and morning tea provided.