Monday 9 January 2017
A gigantic new public artwork has popped up as a gateway to Eden, showcasing local talent and links between the region’s indigenous people and the coastal environment.
The massive work 10 metres by 8 metres by accomplished Eden artist, Lee Cruse was installed on Monday on Council’s water tank at the top of Bell Bird Hill just north of the township on the Princes Highway.
The project is the result of a successful Regional Arts NSW grant application made by the Director of the Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Iain Dawson to promote local and regional artists.
This new installation extends the reach of the Gallery and its artistic influence on our community, and builds on the big, bright, surf culture design of Stan Squire installed earlier on the Merimbula water tank.
“The detail and care Lee injects into his work is something to admire, I wanted him to reach as large an audience as possible with this project,” Mr Dawson said.
“This emblematic work leaves the viewer with a clear understanding of this regions history and the passion Aboriginal people have for it,” Mr Dawson said.
“I thought this location would make for an excellent ‘welcome’ to Eden, and I hope locals and visitors alike enjoy the energy it brings to our community.”
The project was funded through a grant from Regional Arts NSW, a federally funded peak body and support agency for arts and cultural development in regional NSW.
Photograph: Linda and Ossie Cruse in front of Lee Cruse's Junga Hunter.