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Winds of Change celebrates 150 years

10 May, 2013Posted in: Community, Events, Tourism
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is inviting the public to attend the official unveiling of the latest Sesquicentenary project; a public art work entitled Winds of Change, at Eridge Park Road on Thursday 16 May.

Commissioned by Wingecarribee Shire Council, the sculpture celebrates the 150th birthday anniversary of both Moss Vale and Bowral.

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor and Chair of Council’s Public Art Advisory Committee Councillor Juliet Arkwright explained the significance of the art work.

“The piece is made up of four wind vanes mounted on tallow wood poles,” she said. “The vanes are in the shape of an elm leaf which represents the first species of tree that was planted by our early settlers.”

“Not only do the elms have a strong link with the Southern Highlands, having been planted in countless gardens and along grand avenues across the Shire, the leaves also remind us of our region’s distinct seasonal climate which make all of our deciduous trees burst with colour throughout the year.

“Each wind vane is also meant to symbolise the key areas of our Shire’s land use over the past 150 years,” Councillor Arkwright added. “Cattle grazing, the railway, land development and newer industries such as viticulture.”

Winds of Change artist, Jane Cavanough of Artlandish Art and Design in Bundanoon, was selected from a field of 22 submissions by the Public Art Advisory Committee and members of the Moss Vale and Bowral Sesquicentenary Working Groups. Other examples of Jane’s works can be found at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Taronga Zoo, The Boer War Memorial in Canberra and on projects for Wollongong, Bankstown, Randwick and the City of Sydney Councils.

“Winds of Change is a unique piece of work that moves with the weather and changes each time you pass by the sculpture,” Councillor Arkwright said.

“We couldn’t be happier with the end result.”

The Sesquicentenary art project was funded via Council’s Sesquicentenary project funds, including merchandise sales and a $3000 grant from the NSW Government Country Art Support Program.

The official launch of Winds of Change will take place at the corner of Eridge Park and Moss Vale Roads, Burradoo – a site equi-distant to both Bowral and Moss Vale – from 10.30am on Thursday 16 May 2013.

To assist in catering, attendees are asked to RSVP as soon as possible by phoning 4868 0855.