Frankston City Council is working in partnership with the Victorian Government to restore the kinetic lighting display, Sight Line, at Frankston Pier and to improve public lighting in the area. Once complete, the project will create a unique night-time experience at the iconic pier, and a safe and pleasant environment for pedestrians.
Key elements of the state-funded project include:
- The installation of LED lighting on the Sight Line poles to light the semaphore flags and the pier;
- The installation of LED lighting on the pier edge;
- The removal of redundant lighting and poles to de-clutter the pier and restore the rhythm of the Sight Line poles.
The new specially-designed LED lighting will minimise energy consumption, minimise upward waste light and light spill onto Port Phillip Bay. Redundant lighting and poles will be replaced as we declutter the Pier.
With this project, the night-time experience of the 220-metre long landmark will be enhanced, and Frankston Pier will be rejuvenated, drawing more visitors to our city.
It is anticipated that construction will start in September, and will take around four weeks to complete.
Construction has been scheduled in Spring so as to avoid disruptions to Frankston Pier in the warmer months. Weather and tides, however, are a factor at this time of the year and will directly influence construction timelines.
The pier will remain open to the public during construction with only brief interruptions.
Frankston Revitalisation program
The project is one of the big wins of the Frankston Revitalisation program,
Lighting around activity centres, such as the Frankston City area and Seaford Village, seeks to support night-time experiences and cultural activities such as shopping, outdoor dining, and even festivals. It has also been used to reinforce place-making projects like Station Street Mall, and to build on the identity of the City and local area by highlighting key landmarks such as Frankston Arts Centre and Frankston Pier. Public art has also been a consistent focus for lighting projects throughout Frankston City Council.
A focal point of Frankston Foreshore, Frankston Pier has been popular with beach goers as a great place to walk, take in the views of Port Phillip Bay and to catch a sunset.
In 2008, the Sight Line Nautical Sculptures installation, created by Louise Lavarack, complemented the iconic pier. This interactive and engaging installation features poles with semaphore flags which together spell-out a hidden text.
Originally designed with a kinetic lighting display, the poles were replaced in 2017 at which time the lighting element was not renewed.
Once complete, the new lighting will make the artwork even more magical and enticing to visitors, creating an iconic and environmentally sustainable night-time landmark for Frankston City.
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