I was intrigued when I first came across the "Palm Plaza" in Dandenong, a large pedestrian way that links the Dandenong Market to the Dandenong Plaza shopping centre, but today for the first time I was really "seeing" the view. Usually it is teaming with people, however because it had been raining there were far fewer people around and so the artwork was evident.
It is public art that seems to be designed to be experienced and to cater for all ages;, two of the art pieces were originally part of the "The Palm Plaza Seating project" which began with public funding in 2008.
If bricked plaza's aren't to your taste you may prefer the small side park that links the Plaza to Lonsdale St., where there is plenty of out door seating with a very curious deliberately bent out of shape lamp post art form.
If you are in Dandenong, take a slow walk down the Palm Plaza, this is really where the "street" art meets gallery art. And there are no rules; you can sit on it or play chess on it. This is a great public space, and I can't think of many other suburban cities that have dedicated so much free space for the amenity of its people.
The Daily Bakery sits at the opposite end of the Palm Plaza
Now if walking down a promenade looking at your surroundings seems a little weird, how about you buy a takeaway hot pork roll from the "Daily Bakery" on Walker St - order the hot pork roll with salad and with chilli added (don't worry, it wont make it too spicy; I don't like my curries too hot either) it will cost around $5.50 and will give you a reason to walk along the plaza and find a place to perch and a reason to try out all the seating!