‘In the Presence of Giants’ Artwork for Construction at Civic Park
Warragul raised artist James Geurts has been awarded a grant from Arts Victoria’s Victorian Public Sculpture fund to produce a significant piece of public art in Civic Park, Warragul.
The piece “In the Presence of Giants: Measuring Time” was inspired by Warragul’s heritage as a place once covered in tall Mountain Ash forest and the role of the early timber industry in the region’s settlement.
‘In the Presence of Giants: Measuring Time’ references Thorpdale’s world’s tallest tree, which was cut down in 1884 to measure its height, as well as the Ada Tree in Noojee.
This artwork will take the shape from the original stump of the tallest tree with a thin outlinining light shining upward to create a projection of the original tree at night.
The design allows for community interaction and will be a popular attraction, encouraging visitors and locals to have a better understanding of the local history.
Baw Baw Shire Mayor Councillor Murray Cook was pleased that Baw Baw Shire was considered for the inspiration and placement of the piece.
“It’s fantastic to have an opportunity to demonstrate the origins of the region and the foundation of our local community through visual representation.
“This artwork will be extremely valuable to the residents in Baw Baw Shire for generations to come, offering a space where people can reflect on our history and celebrate the creative strength of the community,” said the Mayor.
Council will provide in-kind support in the development and implementation stages of the project. The community will have opportunities to participate in activities both in the development stages and the official launch.
It is expected that the artwork will be fabricated and installed in early 2015 and is hoped the official launch will coincide with the 2015 Gippsland Arts Festival in May.