The Gatakers Artspace refurbishment is well under way, with concrete columns being installed this week.
The Gatakers Artspace refurbishment is well under way, with concrete columns being installed this week.

Gatakers Artspace takes shape

WORK is well under way on the landscaping side of Maryborough’s $1.5 million Gatakers Artspace refurbishment.

Huge concrete columns – one bearing ledger text from the Gatakers Bond Store and the other supporting an old blacksmith’s bench – were installed in Gatakers Lane, between Kent and Wharf streets, this week.

Vertical and horizontal timber beams would provide seating within the artwork and a stylised sandpaper fig design on stainless steel would cover the head of a waterfall that will cascade into a pond.

The Fraser Coast Regional Council project, envisioned to become the hub of art and culture in Maryborough, was initially expected to be opened on Australia Day but has been pushed back to mid-March because of the wet weather over Christmas.

Councillor Linda Harris said the artwork being installed this week would be the feature of landscaping that would include lawns, mature trees, paving and seating.

“Gatakers Lane will be spectacular,” she said.

“I hope people will embrace this space and use it and the Maryborough Artspace galleries for all sorts of occasions and functions.

“Visitors to the spot will find the ledger text interesting and the fountain, pond and vertical artwork will make a fantastic backdrop for photographs.”



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