How about slowing it down and take a gentle wander through the Parkes CBD? There’s not just the official public art; there’s also quirky and delightful colour combinations and textural contrasts. And there’s the downright unexpected.
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The local council has a vibrant public art program. Each year, something new appears.
It’s difficult to pick out highlights when you are a public art fan.
The things I love the most about this walk are the surprises that come from the community. Why not also celebrate the creative art that is window display, as well as the random juxtaposition of objects that attracts our attention, for whatever reason.
Length: Approximately 2km return
Time: About 20 minutes. But how slow can you go?
Type of path: Footpath, paving, grass and concrete.
Take care: First, only cross a street at a designated crossing point. Second, a small section of this walk includes a laneway and carpark where there are no designated walkways.
Nearest public toilets: Corner of Clarinda and Church streets, and also in Cooke Park.
The recommended starting point is the corner of Clarinda and Bushmans streets.
You can download a map from the Parkes Shire Council website.
There’s been a lot of building work in 2020, which may impact the availability and location of some pieces, but only for a short period.
The walk begins at the corner of Clarinda and Bushman streets. There’s usually plenty of street parking available in this area.
We head south along Clarinda Street. Keep a look out for the artworks. Some were commissioned; some weren’t and are hidden (in plain sight!). Expect to cross the street a number of times.
The turning point for this walk is Cooke Park. However, don’t just spin on your heels and head back. There’s a bit to see in this area. After enjoying a brief rest in the park, we head across to Welcome Street for the return journey. There are still plenty of pieces to see.
Once back on Clarinda Street, it’s time to walk back to our car, but don’t think the experience is over …
… what can we see on the return journey that we missed on the journey down?