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Why Art is Power?

The City of Port Phillip is facilitating a public vote for the community’s favourite out of the 25 shortlisted designs in the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) – Melbourne 2018 competition.

The shortlisted designs and concepts, that use the St Kilda Triangle as a backdrop, will be displayed in a pop-up gallery exhibition in the Acland Street Plaza, St Kilda from 19 - 28 October 2018.

Art is Power is a series of workshops, children’s activities, and talks for all ages that focus on the ability that art and design have in fostering creative, innovative, renewable energy solutions. Art can give us the motivation to adapt our own practices to more sustainable ones, and give us the push to make changes in our own home and environments.  

The LAGI competition focuses on using public artwork and designing spaces that are beautiful but also generate renewable energy. Council is committed to these principles which are exemplified in the in the Act and Adapt & Art and Soul strategies.

Visit heritageportphillip.eventbrite.com to sign up for:

  • Public Art Tour

  • Powering a community - guided walk

  • Bonsoy Wallet workshop

  • Cyanotype workshop

    No registration required for all other activities


The Finalists

Explore the stunning designs from the 25 LAGI 2018 finalists by scrolling through the image gallery below. The winning designs will be announced on October 11.

For information about the LAGI 2018 project teams, visit LAGI’s website.

What is LAGI?

The Land Art Generator Initiative provides a platform for artists, architects, landscape architects, and other creatives working with engineers and scientists to bring forward solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures that enhance the city as works of public art while cleanly powering thousands of homes.

Melbourne 2018

Participants from more than fifty countries world-wide submitted concept proposals for large-scale works of public art capable of producing clean energy for Melbourne’s St Kilda Triangle site.

Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry, co-founders of the Land Art Generator Initiative which is running the competition were overwhelmed by the depth of vision evidenced by LAGI 2018 participants.

“We’ve never had so many local and regional teams dominate the shortlist before. It’s a testament to the passion that is held locally for the St Kilda Triangle site and the value placed on design and art in the context of climate solutions for Australia,” they said.


LAGI 2018 Events

October 11
Award Ceremony, Exhibition, Book Launch
Fed Square, Melbourne

October 3–5
LAGI Art+Energy Workshop
Port Phillip EcoCentre

October 7–9
LAGI Workshop. Learn More >
Castlemaine, Victoria

October 19–28
Art is Power, Exhibition
St Kilda, Acland Street Plaza


For queries about the program contact the Strategy + Design team on 03 9209 6243 or email here.

city of port phillip

The Mayor of City of Port Phillip, talks about how the LAGI 2018 design competition is developing a new relationship between the community and the energy that it thrives on. By designing new energy infrastructure as public art, it will leave a lasting legacy, "locally loved and globally admired."