EYE FOR DETAIL: Artist Maggie Brockie with her trademark wildlife sculpture.
EYE FOR DETAIL: Artist Maggie Brockie with her trademark wildlife sculpture. FILE

Sculptures come to life

STANTHORPE will soon experience a new concept in public sculpture, to be located on the western end of the fountain in Weeroona Park.

Three sculptors from the Granite Belt, Gabriele Trabucco, Maggie Brockie and Richard Pfeiffer will work as a team to produce a cohesive group of artworks which together will evoke a sense of celebration, inclusiveness and harmony.

The group will feature a dancer, a drummer, a couple of frolicking local ducks on the rim of the fountain and some intriguing forms which can be seats, objects for children to hop on or simply pure art to be admired.

The medium will be mainly granite to ensure the pieces are 'home grown' but Maggie will produce her trademark wildlife sculpture in bronze.

The project is the brainchild of the Bolder Art Circuit Inc (BACI), an incorporated association of artists and supporters for the production and promotion of public art in the Granite Belt.

The Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the state government and the Southern Downs Regional Council, is the main financial supporter of the project.

Weeroona is the first of a number of sculptures BACI is proposing for Stanthorpe.

They have a long-term vision of a sculpture circuit along Quart Pot Creek and Maryland Street.

It will produce a rich art experience for locals and encourage tourists to linger in the town centre.

Eventually BACI proposes a biennial art festival, centred in Stanthorpe, drawing art exhibitors from our region and beyond for a week of art celebration.

The festival will feature all forms of art displayed around town, along the creek, the footpaths and shop windows.

In regional centres around Australia, art festivals similar to SWELL on the Gold Coast, have attracted large numbers of visitors which is key for the economic prosperity of regional centres.

Manager of the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Mary Findlay welcomed the artists' contribution. She said the area around Quart Pot Creek was one of the most scenic areas in Stanthorpe and the proposed sculpures would enhance the area and serve as an attraction for visitors.

"Public art is very important as it is accessible for all people,” she said.

"It will be a legacy that can be enjoyed for many years.”

BACI is inviting the community to the launch of Weeroona at the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery on Sunday, July 14 at 2pm.

A model of the proposed sculpture will be on display and sculptors will be there to talk about the project.

Afternoon tea is provided.

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