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The Lamp Afghan Bazaar Cultural Precinct Centrepiece

An integrated component of the streetscape redevelopment is the stunning centrepiece ‘The Lamp’.

Created by artist Aslam Akram, the Lamp honours the local community’s aspirations for a sculptural centrepiece in the Afghan Bazaar cultural precinct.

This focal-point provides an opportunity for cultural expression that resonates with the whole community. It has established a physical heart to the precinct and provides a back drop to daily street activity and programmed events.

The below video documents the fabrication process and records The Lamp’s creation. Key contributors provide commentary about its design, integration into the broader streetscape and relationship to other unique cultural treatments.

The Lamp is illuminated and features intricate designs to represent the transition of an established culture in Australia through freedom and change. The solid lamp base represents the traditional art of Afghan cultures including mosaic and geometric patterns.

“Light relates to all living things and everyone benefits from it. Light is a symbol of knowledge, culture, friendship, respect to one another and purity of heart.” – Aslam Akram


Key contributors:

  • Aslam Akram –Artist
  • Ren Slusarski - Big Fish P/L
  • Alfons Van Maanen - Big Fish P/L
  • Cassandra Chilton - Hassell Studio
  • Geoff Hogg - RMIT University
  • Dana Stockton – Videography
  • Rob Becker - City of Greater Dandenong
  • Grissel Walmaggia - City of Greater Dandenong
  • Jenny Pemberton Webb - City of Greater Dandenong

The Afghan Bazaar Streetscape Enhancement Project, which includes 'The Lamp', was jointly funded by the City of Greater Dandenong and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.