Walcha Council completes Sculpture Symposium work placement before Christmas

The striking work - 'Hairy Men' by Matt Pilkington and the Backtrack Boys looks out over the Apsley River levee walk.

The striking work - 'Hairy Men' by Matt Pilkington and the Backtrack Boys looks out over the Apsley River levee walk.

Following the success of Walcha’s inaugural sculpture symposium in September the town now has four new additions to its outdoor gallery.

Sacred Space by Dale Miles, Hairy Men by Matt Pilkington, Mother by Caz Haswell and Moonbeams by Nameer Davis and Barbara Penrose were all assigned to a specific location by their creators, and following ratification by Walcha Council in October, their  installation is well underway.

Sculptor, Walcha Arts Council treasurer and one of the symposiums organisers James Rogers has been overseeing the work.

“They’re the best positions for them,” Mr Rogers said.

“Each artist chose them after cross referencing with the organising committee as well as the town engineer and town parks and gardens curator. We walked through the placement both before and after the symposium.”

They’re the best positions for them

James Rogers - Walcha Arts Council

Mr Rogers said the structural work is now completed.

“Now its details to do that’s all, tidy up, rake up the dirt, and give them another oil and wax as they’ve got a bit of installation grime on them that needs to come off.

“Nothing structural is needed now – just a bit of rehabilitation after the machines have been in there.It would be good to have a shower of rain too.”

The tidy up should be completed in the next fortnight – just in time for the school holiday tourist traffic through Walcha.

A map of the Walcha township showing the location of each sculpture along the Apsley River levee bank walk

A map of the Walcha township showing the location of each sculpture along the Apsley River levee bank walk