Public artworks at the centre

The Cardinian Embroidery Project is a large embroidery measuring 1.9 metres by 1.4 metres which shows Cardinia Shire's townships. It is on permanent display at Cardinia Cultural Centre.

The embroidery is made up of 8 panels, representing groups of neighbouring towns and depicting significant features and landmarks such as historic buildings, recreation reserves, parks and road signs, and annual local events.

Techniques used to create the embroidery included cross-stitch, appliqué, black work, canvas work, free machine embroidery, fabric painting, hand embroidery and computerised machine embroidery.

The project was funded by Vic Health and Cardinia Shire Council.  

'Toolim' is a striking 5.5 metre high sculpture in stainless steel and copper designed by award-winning artist Paul Johnson.

The artwork is intended to reflect the indigenous reed, juncus sedge, which was found in the lake next to the sculpture. The reed is known as ‘toolim’ to the Bunurong people who are the traditional owners of the land, and celebrates the history of the swamp that was here 30,000 years ago.

The sculpture was commissioned by program partners Cardinia Shire Council and Delfin Lend Lease and was the first of three public artworks to be installed in and around the Lakeside Pakenham precinct.