A LARGE moving sculpture donated by local philanthropist Geoff Handbury will be installed in Hamilton’s CBD at the intersection of Gray and Brown streets.
Made by renowned New Zealand-based artist Phil Price, who has recently produced a major work on Melbourne’s Eastlink Freeway at Frankston, the steel and carbon fibre installation for Hamilton is called Nucleus.
Hamilton Art Gallery director Danny McOwan said the oval upper sections separated in the wind and then reformed into their original shape while the whole form turned on the central axis of a supporting column.
“Its bright red colouration will make it noticeable and its gentle movement a source of contemplation,” he said.
According to Lowan MP Hugh Delahunty the total cost of the project is $48,000 including $35,000 of state government funds for installing the sculpture.
Mr Handbury said his family, in particular his late mother-in-law Dame Elizabeth Murdoch, were enthusiastic supporters of public sculptures.
“I hope this work attracts visitors, delights the local community and brings people into the centre of Hamilton thereby increasing trade and activity that will make Hamilton a more dynamic place,” he said.
Southern Grampians Shire Council mayor Albert Calvano said the council was grateful to Mr Handbury for his ongoing generosity to the community.
“Along with the Ted Kenna sculpture, this heralds a new era for public art across the shire,” Cr Calvano said.
The artwork installation coincides with demolition works that mark the beginning of the redevelopment of the Coles site.