Landscaping, new sculpture for Albion park

The Albion sculpture park will get more landscaping and planting.
The Albion sculpture park will get more landscaping and planting.

Albion Park is to receive a lift, with landscaping, plantings and the installation of a new sculpture.

Anta Omri, a bronze sculpture of two people created by Ayed Alqaragholli, is to be placed in the Lachlan Street park.

Shrubs and small trees will be planted, after Forbes Arts Society made an approach to Forbes Shire Council.

There'll also be some extra seating, and Forbes Arts Society's Dr Keith Mullette says it will all work together to lock in the park as a pleasant place to visit as part of the Somewhere Down the Lachlan sculpture trail.

The plantings are designed to create a solid backdrop for the many people who stop in to photograph the sculptures.

The park will be home to three sculptures in total, Anta Omri will take the place of The Hunter which will go to its permanent home at the bird hide at Gum Swamp.

Landscape plans outlined to the council show a wider path with a circle garden in the middle of the park where the path currently branch.

Red carpet roses, matching the hedge around the border of the park, will feature in the centre gardens.

Large evergreen shrubs are to be planted behind The Pyramid sculpture and along the wall, and small trees behind the piece colloquially known as "the thinker".

Forbes Shire Council has agreed to work with the Forbes Arts Society on the plans, installing an underground watering system at an estimated cost of $3500.

The Forbes Arts Society will undertake the rest of the works, including painting the toilet block and upgrading signage.

Anta Omri is currently in Melbourne, where the sculptor is working, but can be transported to Forbes and there'll be more information closer to arrival.

Dr Mullette added that plans to refurbish the former ambulance station into a community arts and cultural centre are progressing well.

Architects, who worked from community consultation earlier this year, almost have plans ready for the pre-development application meeting with the council.