The Carillon Tower is an interactive monument which was erected next to the Ballarat City Hall complex in 1988 to mark the Australian Bicentenary and was built to exhibit the restored carillon which dating back to 1869 is the oldest Australia and the only municipal carillon and monument of its kind in the country.
The intentionally futuristic chrome and gold Point to Sky sculpture on the corner of Camp and Sturt Street was designed by Akio Mkigawa and erected between 1999 and 2000. Selected as the winner of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery and City of Ballarat’s “Pride of Place” competition from 36 entries, the artwork is said to represent elements of Ballarat’s history including the Eureka Stockade and future growth with two football shaped “seeds” at its peak. 1 Some adopted it as an abstract tribute to Ballarat bred AFL champion Tony Lockett.2
With a facade that appears like a classic Art Deco piece from the 1930s with its glazed terracotta parapet and austere moderne brickwork, the real history of this piece of Sturt Street is obscured. This was actually the head office of Ballarat’s most popular newspaper – The Courier – during its publishing heyday, until 1982. A pair of Victorian buildings modified over many years and the current facade, giving the impression of a single building actually dates to 1956.