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Seal concept

Bursting from the deep

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Before the end of the year Liebig Street will be home to a stunning new sculpture.

“Seal” by Natimuk artist Dave Jones will surface from the pavement near 86 Liebig Street, the east side of the street.

Warrnambool Art Gallery Director Vanessa Gerrans said during the development of the Liebig Street Streetscape Plan the community had pushed for curated public art to be a significant part of the City Centre Renewal.

Expressions of interest were sought through a Public Art National Tender that would contribute to Warrnambool’s cultural landscape.

A high calibre of submissions were received to create work for four sites.

Phase 2 of the EOI was awarded Dave Jones who has begun producing “Seal” - a threemetre tall, faceted steel seal sculpture which will erupt from the Liebig Street bluestone pavers like a giant computerised relic of the deep sea.

“This is a marvellous legacy for Warrnambool,” Ms Gerrans said.

“The Gallery team has worked hard to select iconic, public art work that is technically astute but also a joyous and animated feature of the inner cityscape.”

Already installed in Phase 1 is Julie Squires’ seven bronze ‘Little Penguins’.

The lifesize sculptures were quickly adopted by the community and were affectionately “yarn bombed” with hand-made scarves which were anonymously added over winter.

Two other public art elements were included in Phase 1. These were Gobo lights - which can be changed according to event and season, and stainless steel planter boxes featuring the artwork of local artists, Marion Manifold and Aunty Brownyn Razem.

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