23 September 2005 Mayor opens State's first Sculpture Symposium
Maroochy Shire Mayor Joe Natoli officially opened the International Sculpture Symposium at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens today, Friday 23 September.
Eight artists from as far as the United States, Japan, Korea, Spain, France and Slovakia showcased their talents alongside local and national sculptors participating in the 2006 event.
"The International Sculpture Symposium has never before been held in Queensland and I would like to highlight the significance it holds not only for Maroochy Shire or the Sunshine Coast, but for the entire State," Cr Natoli said.
"It's also an incredible way for students right across the shire to take part in the many activities and to speak with the artists as they watch them create their masterpieces."
More than 30 tonnes of Queensland stone will be made available for the artists to chisel into the monumental masterpieces set to become part of the permanent public collection at the Gardens.
Each artist involved with the Symposium will work on one or more pieces of stone over the 16-day event with their finished creations becoming part of the Garden's 'Sculptors Walk'.
Cr Natoli said Sunshine Coast sculptor Craig Medson had already attended more than five symposia in Europe and Asia and was extremely well known and appreciated here in Australia as well.
"We're fortunate to be able to claim him as local," Cr Natoli said.
The International Sculpture Symposium will continue until Sunday, 3 October.
Maroochy Shire Council
Eddie De Vere Building
Cnr Currie and Bury Streets
Sunshine Coast only 1300 366 695
Outside Sunshine Coast and mobile phones 5475 8501
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