The lauch of the O initiative
On March 25, 2017 the O initiative launched in Alma Park, St Kilda East. The first O fountain was installed at the site of the weekly Hank Marvin Market and then local artist Georgie Faircloth turned it into a unique work of art.
The project was a collaboration between the local people (residents of Almaville and visitors of the Hank Marvin Market), the private and public sectors. (Zip Water and the City of Port Phillip).
Via an oversubscribed GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign the local people raised the $1,500 artist commission. As a reward for their contribution each co-funder received ‘a vote’ to select one of the 3 shortlisted artist (a total of 6 artist responded to the ‘Expression of Interest’).
Local artist Georgie Faircloth received the most votes and has done an amazing job in transforming the blank O fountain canvas into a painting that truely represents the Alma Park community.
Georgie has included the Hank Marvin Market, the many dogs as well as the diverse, multicultural community of St Kilda East.