Public Art Competition - The Vote is In!

17 September 2015

The entrance to Inverell's CBD is poised to receive an artistic facelift, with Inverell Shire Council announcing the winning sculpture to be installed at the Henderson Street roundabout.

At an official function at Inverell Art Gallery, Craig Flood's 'Blue Facets' was declared as the winner of the public art competition, with the result determined through public vote.

The public art initiative has been funded through a dollar-for-dollar grant from the Community Building Partnership Program, a NSW Government initiative.

Mr Flood, a former local who is now based in Brisbane, will be commissioned to produce the artwork to be installed at the Henderson Street roundabout. The artwork is expected to be in place by mid next year.

Mr Flood explained the winning design features the sapphire, a gem stone synonymous with Inverell. The sculpture includes five columns of stainless steel and blue anodised aluminium, with solar-powered LED lighting to ensure the artwork's appeal both day and night.

Inverell Shire Council Mayor, Paul Harmon indicated the design has also taken into account factors such as traffic safety, including glare and visibility for road users utilising the roundabout.

Mayor Harmon congratulated Mr Flood on his winning entry and said Inverell's first ever public art competition has whet the appetite of a number of local artists, who featured among the entries.

"Council is delighted to be able to lead a project which will see the creation of an iconic piece of art for our CBD. We are currently in discussions with other competition finalists regarding further installations of public art elsewhere in the community".


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Above images of the winning 'Blue Facets' design.