After months of controversy and tongue-wagging, the Pyramid sculpture was finally unveiled to the public last night.
The controversial sculpture by renowned artists Gillie and Marc joined four other sculptures launched last night as part of the Sculpture Forbes competition and the Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail.
The other sculptures are Eureka by Vikki Holik-Blazey, Pemulwuy by local artist Roger Bennie, Convergence of Life by Kevin Schubert and Shadows on the Landing by Ingrid Morley.
The winner of the $20,000 acquisition prize is Ingrid Morley’s sculpture Shadows on the Landing.
This will now be the very first sculpture in the Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail and will stay in Albion Park for the entire year.
Sculpture Forbes organiser Wayne Richards said this was very deserving and one of his top picks.
Mr Richards said last night’s launch went extremely well.
“It’s the start of a great future for Forbes,” he said.
Minister for the Arts and Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant was pleased to announce the winner last night.
“I’m delighted to help launch the month-long festival for arts and to unveil the entrants in the public art prize,” he said.
“It has caused a bit of controversy but that’s what public art is all about and to see Forbes Shire Council and the Art Society embracing this is great.
“Arts and culture can contribute to the community in many ways and certainly helps with tourist attractions.”
Mr Grant said the Pyramid sculpture is even getting in on the NRL grand final fever, with it representing the mascots for both teams – South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
“I think it’s great that we’re celebrating the NRL grand final with the Rabbitohs and the Dogs,” he said.
Prior to the launch last night, Forbes Services Memorial Club donated $10,000 to be shared between Sculpture Forbes and the Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail project.
Vice president of the club, Val Taylor said they are pleased to support the initiatives.
“It’ll boost tourism and bring a lot of people to town,” she said.