An exciting illuminated public artwork The Presence of Giants designed by internationally renowned artist James Geurts is coming to Warragul.
James, who grew up in Warragul, successfully won an $84,000 grant from Creative Victoria’s Public Sculpture Fund. He now seeks local business and community support to raise the last $18,000 needed to complete the project. A fundraiser and launch is being held at West Gippsland Arts Centre on July 23 from 6pm to 7.30pm and all WBG members are invited to the event.
The inspiration behind the design comes from a piece of our local history eloquently summed up by The Age travel writer Paul Edwards who wrote about the Baw Baw Ada Tree:
“This is a story of two trees in Gippsland. One, in a paddock near Thorpdale in the Strzelecki Ranges, became a very long log. The other, still standing in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, may be the most massive living thing in Australia.
Thorpdale’s mighty mountain ash was felled by farmer Bill Cornthwaite back in 1884 and solemnly measured and verified by his brother George, a government surveyor.”
The story of the 114 metre tall Cornthwaite mountain ash is being turned into a reflection that recognises our remaining old growth forests and will promote Gippsland’s outstanding landscapes to local and international visitors alike.
Warragul Rotary Club has just committed $15,000 to the project and well known local artists Gary Miles and Kerrie Warren have donated artworks worth $10,000 to help raise money for the artwork.
Wine and canapes will be provided with drinks at bar prices. A marquette of The Presence of Giants and associated artworks by James Geurts will be on sale as limited editions at the launch.
For catering purposes, please RSVP Warragul Business Group on 5624 3833 by Monday 20 July.
Project supported by Creative Victoria Public Sculpture Fund, Warragul Rotary Club, Baw Baw Shire Council, Warragul Business Group, DELWP Powelltown, Warragul Arts Market, Warragul Farmers Market and Warragul Historical Society.
We will be celebrating the launch of Trail Trak, a phone app featuring Baw Baw’s most beautiful walking, running, cycling and riding tracks; and Grow Warragul, the Warragul Business Group’s initiative to ‘green up’ the retail precinct.
For a $5 entry fee, participants will be able to enjoy walking, running or cycling around a 3km course, followed by lunch, music and entertainment.
Smith Street will be closed from Palmerston Street through to Victoria Street from 9:30am to 3:00pm with the run and walk starting and finishing in front of Clark First National. Baw Baw Shire Mayor, Cr Debbie Brown will welcome everyone and cut the ribbon to kick off the event.
WBG member, Nerida’s Interior Plantscaping will be adding colour to the streetscape with a display of flowers and shrubs to promote the soft launch of Grow Warragul – a concept we look forward to bringing to life in the very near future.
More information: David Cann on 0418 139 409 or Susan Keirnan on 0438 276 405.
Get Moving Baw Baw has been organised by Honeypot Creative Solutions and Baw Baw Shire in partnership with The Warragul & Drouin Gazette, Clark First National Real Estate, ParkRun Warragul, Big Spoon Little Spoon, Studio Samsara and Nerida’s Interior Plantscaping.