Artspace takes shape

WORK on the Gatakers Artspace Q150 project is steaming ahead with trees planted and impressive artwork taking shape.

Fraser Coast councillor and Art and Culture Portfolio Chair Linda Harris said she had been aware of the concepts of the artwork that would feature in the public space between Kent and Wharf streets but she was impressed by the detail and the drama the work added to Gatakers Artspace.

“It is only partly installed and already it is much more imposing than I expected and adds considerable visual impact to the area. It looks fantastic.”

So far vertical and horizontal beams have been installed to support the artwork and provide seating. Two huge rectangular concrete pillars – one bearing ledger text from the Gatakers Bond Store and the other containing the circular blacksmith’s bench – are now in place.

More artwork yet to be installed includes a Scott Harrower mosaic that will surround the blacksmith’s bench and a stylised sandpaper fig design on stainless steel that will cover the head of a water feature. The name Gatakers Artspace will feature in brushed stainless steel letters on the side of the building.

Another major highlight will be 24 “Scotty” cartoons by Maryborough’s Gordon Burridge set in small individually lit alcoves along the left wall that leads from Kent Street along Gatakers Lane. “Scotty” (Mr Burridge’s pseudonym) cartoons appeared daily in the Fraser Coast Chronicle for 26 years from 1978 to 2004.

The project will be finished before Friday, March 26 – the official opening day for Gatakers Artspace. Everyone is invited to an open day on March 27.



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