Imposing artistic gateway to growing community


An imposing artistic gateway to the Sanctuary community at Fletcher immortalises the area’s rural history and symbolises investment in the residential growth area.

Twenty new art sculptures have been installed on Minmi Road at the entrance to Sanctuary symbolising the transition from rural landscape to thriving community. They are the work of artist Mark McClelland and were commissioned by Landcom.

The project is another step in the development of the area, following the recent launch of the Kurraka Reserve regional sporting fields at Sanctuary, a joint venture with Newcastle City Council.

To date, 200 houses have been built at Sanctuary with the next stage of the development to be released in the coming months. The Fletcher area is set to continue to boom with a report by national property industry analyst and economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel showing an increase in median house price of 8.2% over the last 12 months.

Development Director Charles Bartlett said the artworks highlighted Landcom’s continued investment into Sanctuary as a premier residential location and a community hub for the Minmi area.

“Landcom is committed to the development of suburban communities like Sanctuary. We wanted to commission an artwork that promotes this site to people who will be visiting for sporting fixtures and to the people that live here,” Mr Bartlett said.

“With completion of the Hunter Expressway extending Newcastle Link Road to the Upper Hunter, Fletcher is becoming an ideal location for families that want an affordable lifestyle close to the city and beaches.”

Mark McClelland’s concept for his Split Posts artwork was inspired by the area’s rural history prior to the Sanctuary development. “The seven-metre high sculptures draw from the lines of fences that overlaid patterns on this landscape,” Mr McClelland said.

“When you look outward from Sanctuary across the Hexham Wetlands you see the fence posts dotted across the paddocks. The Split Posts artwork pays homage to Minmi’s pastoral history with some of the original posts on the site withstanding the test of time; lasting more than a hundred or so years.”

Sanctuary’s ambassador Paul Harragon said the artwork helps position the project as a unique community development.

“Sanctuary’s residents have created a thriving, active and involved community. These artworks help create a sense of arrival, not only to the estate, but to the community as well,” Mr Harragon said.

Newcastle City Councillor Jason Dunn said it was great to see continued investment into Fletcher.

“The Fletcher community is growing in leaps and bounds. Some of the recent major developments in the area include the opening of Fletcher Village and the regional sporting fields. The installation of this artwork by UrbanGrowth NSW helps position Fletcher and Minmi as a desired lifestyle destination,” Mr Dunn said.

The 20 pieces of artwork along Minmi Road are made of a number of elements including timber and steel, and each one is slightly different from the next, creating an unfolding experience for passers-by.

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