Sustainable the winning entry in the inaugural Eumundi Sculpture Prize will be unveiled by four locals whose families have strong connections with early Eumundi. There will be a brief ceremony on Friday, 12 December at 5.30pm. Residents, visitors and their families are invited to join in the celebration in Dick Caplick Park from 5pm. Directly after the brief ceremony, there will be an opportunity to enjoy Eumundi’s Christmas Enchanted Forest lights and the second of this year’s night markets. Refreshments will be served at the ceremony. An RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org will assist with catering.
The Eumundi Sculpture Prize of $15,000 sponsored by Experience Eumundi was awarded to Hew Chee Fong and L M Noonan (known as Fong and Loretta) following a national competition organised by the Foundation for Culture and Arts Eumundi (known as the Eumundi Foundation). The theme of the competition was to pay homage to Eumundi’s early days as a timber town. Ten finalists were chosen by three professional art judges and each artist created a maquette, a scaled down version of their proposed finished sculpture.
These maquettes including the winner’s entry are on display at Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre corner of Gridley Street and Memorial Drive Eumundi. Visitors to the Centre are warmly welcome to cast their vote soon for a People’s Choice sculpture from the 10 finalists. Last day to cast a vote is Wednesday 10 December with voting also available online at www.eumundisculptureprize.com where you can view each entry. The artist with the most votes for their entry will receive $500.
Fong and Loretta have successfully manufactured, project managed and personally installed 28 public art projects in Australia including several on the Sunshine Coast. During the same period, several large scale private commissions have been installed here and overseas. For the most part, their public artworks such as Sustainable are designed and manufactured at their Peachester studio on the Sunshine Coast. They have maintained independent exhibiting careers in public and private galleries, collaborating mainly on larger projects.
Chair of the Eumundi Foundation Clytie Glass said, “Fong and Loretta as well being incredible sculpture artists are also Sunshine Coast devotees and it has been a joy for the Foundation working with them to have the sculpture installed in Dick Caplick Park. We are thrilled also that Sunshine Coast Council as well as a sponsor for the Prize has accepted Sustainable into the Sunshine Coast Public Art Collection and will therefore maintain the sculpture in Caplick Park for its lifetime, expected to be at least 15 years.
“This park was the location of Etheridge’s Sawmill and was named after the most famous of Eumundi’s many tree fellers, Dick Caplick. It was also near where the bullock teams turned, laden with felled timber to be cut at the mill and sent on the nearby train line, shaping the development of the town,” said Clytie.
The Foundation has plans that the Eumundi Sculpture Prize will become its annual signature event. Over time it is hoped that a large number of outdoor sculptures will enhance the town streetscape and become an additional Eumundi attraction.
Eumundi Sculpture Prize
Dick Caplick Park, Memorial Drive, Eumundi (behind the children's playground)
Friday 12th of December 2014
5pm wih the unveiling at 5.30pm
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Dick Caplick Park, Eumundi
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