- Last updated:
- 05 Dec 2019
Council will commence construction of the new iconic public toilet facility at Isaac Moore Park, Kenilworth in early March 2019.
The project includes an iconic public toilet facility and associated circulation path and ramp.
In 2014, the Kenilworth community, in partnership with council, proposed to build a public toilet facility and integral public art component, for Isaac Moore Park, Kenilworth.
The aim of the project was to deliver an iconic facility that will attract interest in, and visitors to Kenilworth and generate a sense of excitement and pride in the Kenilworth community.
In 2015 the project was initiated through an idea’s competition for the ‘Kenilworth Designer Dunny’. The winning design was chosen from almost 200 entries received from around Australia and the world. The concept, entitled ‘Canistrum’ was designed by Maleny architectural illustrator and animator, Michael Lennie.
The concept design was selected by a judging panel including well-respected architect John Mainwaring, Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson, South Australian sculptor Greg Johns, Sandy Conte, art consultant and curator Lynne Seear, and former Kenilworth Arts Council President, Shirley Moreland.
Michael explains the word ‘canistrum’ is Latin for wicker basket. The functional spaces form a pod that floats within an inverted translucent cone like structure. Access is via a ramp that also serves as a viewing platform to surrounding landscape and vistas. Michael’s design statement further describes the piece:
Bringing ancient craft into the future public domain, Canistrum is an unfinished basket reflecting an unfinished history.
Council has since worked with the Michael Lennie and project architects Mode, to develop construction plans which fulfil Michael’s vision and meet the project’s budget.
The project will be completed by late 2019 and is funded through council’s 2018-19 $370 million Capital Works Program
Keeping you informed
Council will liaise with local community groups, including those people involved in the design competition, to celebrate completion with an official opening. For more information, please view Project News.
The existing park facilities will largely remain open for community use during construction but may be temporarily closed on occasion (as construction requires) to ensure public safety.
For more information, please contact customer service on (07) 5475 7272.