Monday 22 August 2016
The art work commissioned by Bega Valley Shire Council for Littleton Gardens, will be installed over the next few weeks adding to the anticipation around Bega’s move into spring.
Council sought expressions of interest for the art work in 2015.
Twenty three submissions were received from a wide range of artists, demonstrating a high level of interest in the site and an acknowledgement of the potential significance of the project.
The pitch by Pambula artist Jen Mallinson won over the selection panel with an idea that symbolises a connection to environment and culture.
The work titled, ‘The meeting of two rivers… nurturing and embracing of cultures’ will sit alongside the pathway in Littleton Gardens in order to encourage public interaction and to enhance its visual appeal.
Passers-by will appreciate the laser cut patterns representing local flora and fauna as well as the Aboriginal history of Bega being a meeting place.
The shape of the steel artwork represents the conjunction of the Bega and Brogo Rivers and instils a feeling of being nurtured and the embracing of cultures.
“After some initial hold ups on the development of the artwork, I am really pleased that Littleton Gardens will soon be home to this special sculpture,” Simon Schweitzer, Council’s Manager Community and Culture said.
“Art in public spaces creates a point of difference and interest, it enhances ambience and attractiveness, encourages use of outdoor areas and contributes to a sense of pride and wellbeing in the community,” he said.
Preliminary works around the sculpture’s installation will start later this week with a garbage bin and tree being moved to another place in the Gardens.
Foundations will then be laid and the work itself should be in place by the second week of spring, just as the trees of Littleton Gardens start to bloom again.