Forbes Art Society, Forbes Shire Council and Forbes Services Memorial Club are calling on businesses and individuals to get behind their joint initiative, the Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail (SDL).
The sculpture trail is pitched as a regional tourist attraction and will start from the centre of Forbes and continue around the lake and along the Lachlan River.
Part of the trail is the ‘amazing’ project , which is a sculpture that would be located on the stock route along the Lachlan River.
The sculpture will feature giant red letters spelling the word ‘amazing’, which will be visible from the road and will provide a stark contrast to the natural environment it will be situated in.
“The sculpture trail will highlight the natural environment surrounding the Lachlan – it’s not just about art, it’s about highlighting the environment the art is placed and that’s what public art is all about,” president of Forbes Art Society, Keith Mullette said.
Midpro Engineering has offered to cut out all the letters as a donation and will donate labour to fabricate one of the letters ready for painting and installation. Forbes Art Society estimates that it will cost approximately $4,000 to create each three dimensional letter and so are hoping to get community support to back the project, whether it be by offering assistance in the installation, helping to create the letters or by donating money towards getting it up and running.
Patronage will be acknowledged in various promotional material and on the Forbes Art Society’s website.
Mr Mullette said ultimately, the Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail will feature small and large scale sculptures throughout town, but sculptures of a monumental scale along the Lachlan River, as you get out of town.
“The idea is that people will be able to get in their car and go for a drive to where things are huge and very different to what you’ll expect and very large scale,” he said.
Organisers of the sculpture trail believe it will be complimentary to other large attractions in the central west including Taronga Plains Zoo in Dubbo, The Dish – CSIRO Radio Telescope in Parkes, Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange, ‘Utes in the Paddock’ at Ootha and the Eugowra murals.
They say that a permanent trail of this magnitude and significance is ideally located at Forbes in the central west, alongside the Newell Highway, a main arterial highway running between Melbourne and Brisbane.
The idea has been in development for the last two years and is finally starting to take shape and become a reality. For more information regarding donations or pledging your support, contact the Forbes Art Society on 6851 4868 or visit their website at www.forbesartsociety.com
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