Green light for new artwork in theatre and library precinct

A statement artwork made from recycled materials is to be installed as a new attraction in the heart of Ayr’s theatre and library precinct.

The artwork, by Ayr artist Michael Dudley, is the result of a community think tank staged in the Burdekin in February, 2017 and will be built mainly from recycled metal and engine parts.

The think tank arose from the Burdekin Shire Council’s Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) Advisory Group and from a desire to create future art, cultural and community development projects in the Burdekin.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the sculptural artwork would depict the figures of a man, a woman and a child holding a library book, but she didn’t want to reveal too much about the piece before its unveiling later this year.

“It will be a wonderful addition to the Burdekin’s public art landscape,” she said.

“The location of the artwork, within the popular Burdekin Theatre and Ayr Library precinct, will give it maximum exposure to the many residents and visitors who walk through that area every day.”

Cr McLaughlin thanked the RADF Advisory Group for its work in getting the project off the ground and said she would like to see similar artworks delivered across the Shire.

“I think the next challenge is to devise something suitable for Brandon, Home Hill and Giru, so that all communities are a part of the proposed art developments for the Shire,” Cr McLaughlin said.

For further information please visit Council’s website or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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