A state of the art public sculpture from an Australian and Internationally renowned artist that depicts the historic giant Mountain Ash tree now sits proudly in Warragul’s Civic Park.
Artist James Geurt’s sculpture, ‘Archeology of Time’ looks somewhat like a fossil excavation and is made from fine white concrete that details the ancient trees bone-like structure.
When lit at night, Geurt’s sculpture illuminates Civic Park similarly to the Mountain Ash trees that once stood in the park.
Artist James Geurt was thrilled to see his project come together and was thankful to local organisations and the community.
“I was pleased to receive the generous grant from Creative Victoria, and thrilled to see the support that rose up from the Baw Baw community, to help get this project off the ground”, Mr Geurt said.
“Thank you to Baw Baw Shire Council, the Warragul Rotary Club, the West Gippsland Arts Centre, and Collective Good for your funding support and to the many groups, local businesses and individuals who have thrown their whole hearted support into the work,” said Mr Geurts.
Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said the originality behind the sculpture is remarkable and will delight, entertain and inspire for many years to come.
“The artist’s innovation and imagination have truly brought the sculpture to life – a refreshing tribute to the giant Mountain Ash trees that used to populate Gippsland,” said the Mayor.
“This artwork will be a talking point for every person that visits the park, looks down from the Arts Centre Café, or attends events at Civic Park in Warragul. It will become a new icon for the town, something that the community can be proud of.”
The Mayor thanked the artist James Geurt for his work and everyone else who had contributed time, energy, resources and funding support to the project.
“Council is extremely thankful to all those who have helped see the project through to completion; in particular, the Victorian Government for the grant funding, and the artist, James Geurts, without whom Warragul wouldn’t have such a unique piece of art to call its own”, Cr Gauci said.