Crown Street Mall's $430k art project: Palm tree up a pole art work sparks debate

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated October 27 2017 - 5:59am, first published 5:19am
Pole-arising: Crown Street Mall shoppers craned to see the newly unveiled centrepiece of Wollongong council's public art project. Picture: Adam McLean.

Necks were craned, heads were scratched and eyes were turned skywards as lunchtime shoppers puzzled over the Cabbage Tree palm being fixed to the top of a metal pole in Crown Street Mall on Friday.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.