“I believe the community plans for the old school offers the creative community of Kyneton, and the greater community members a City Square experience in the township. I am excited by the plans to develop small industry opportunities in the spaces available on the historical site, including exhibition, demonstrations and publicly accessible classes by local arts & craftspeople. The success of the ‘Lost trades’ events has demonstrated the vast talent of designers, artists and innovators based around Kyneton.
I certainly would want to have my work as an artist displayed in the community facility for my local community to experience. I would love opportunities to run open classes in some of the areas my artistic practice explores. These might include ‘Designing and Making of Bells’ and ‘metalwork sculpture making’. I include a short biography of my practice to better explain what I could offer the community if the old Primary School site was developed as a community co-operative facility for the whole community’s use.“
Biography of Dr Anton Hasell
Anton Hasell is a professional artist living in Central Victoria and has completed a number of significant public-space artworks in Melbourne that include the ‘Federation Bells Carillon’, Epworth’s Hospital’s Bridge Road Lightbox Artwork and the ‘Victoria Police Memorial’ in St Kilda Road. He has major works around Australia and New Zealand, including ‘The HMS Beagle Ship Bell Chime’ in Darwin, the cast bronze fountain ‘Raincatcher’ in Gisborne, NZ, and the ‘Eureka Circle’ sculpture in Ballarat’s Eureka Park. His latest project has been the design of the difference tone bell used in the 10,000-year Clock project in West Texas, and the commission to cast and tune 10 of these unique bells for the project (www.longnow.org).
Anton Hasell holds a PhD by thesis titled ‘Multi-Sensory Sites of Experience: Public Art Practice in a Secular Society’ undertaken at RMIT University Architecture & Design. He creates interactive and participatory public-space projects that enhance the sharing of creativity and playfulness amongst citizens, a philosophy that is fundamental to ‘Federation Bells’ project site experience.
His work in sculpture, sound-sculpture, printmaking and painting are interested in combining recent digital technologies with traditional craft processes.
The purpose of his work as an Australian artist is to seek insights into, and manifest expressions, that probe the mysteries and subliminal truths of the ancient Australian landscape that we share together.