Sculpture Symposium creative director Paul Stumkat with the sculpture he created in Killarney at the 2006 Sculpture Symposium.
Sculpture Symposium creative director Paul Stumkat with the sculpture he created in Killarney at the 2006 Sculpture Symposium.

Sandstone shaping region's future

OUT of a six-tonne slab of sandstone, a masterpiece can be created to reflect our region, however without more sponsors some areas will miss out.

Sculpture Symposium creative director Paul Stumkat is encouraging the Southern Downs to get behind the third bi-annual project to create five monumental size sculptures in two weeks in Leslie Park.

“At the moment we only have enough sponsors to do two sculptures,” Mr Stumkat said.

Expressions of interest to have a Tanamerah sandstone creation have come from Freestone, Killarney at Browns Falls, Pringle Cottage and Goomburra which will add to the Southern Downs Regional Shire’s Sculpture Trail.

“I am still optimistic we will get more money to do the others,” he said.

Mr Stumkat said out of each block of sandstone the sculptures will chip away at two to three tonne of rock to create their designs, which would be similar to battling a marathon.

“Even prisoners don’t work as hard as they do,” he said.

So far there are 10 participant sculptors along with two guest sculptors who will complete the Southern Downs project and at least three more are still needed.

“It is the difference between two or four sculptures for the region,” he said.

“This is the most cost effective project ever to get great works done in the shire – we are getting a sculpture for peanuts really.”

Mr Stumkat said the Sculpture Symposium was an initiative of the Killarney Area Promotions Association and this year with its previous success is expected to attract over 4000 people to the region.

At the last symposium in 2008, the successful recipients of sculptures were the Southern Downs Regional Council, Warwick Potters Association, Warwick Rotary Association, Killarney Area Promotions Association and Tannymorel Community Hall Association.

Sponsor

With no extra sponsors communities will miss out, if you want to lend a hand visit www.sculpturess.com.

The event is on the 4 to the 20 of September 2010.


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