Council to decide on 15m sculpture
PLANS are trotting along for a 15-metre equestrian sculpture in Warwick with council due to move the tourist attraction be positioned at Queen's Park.
Following community engagement earlier this year to gauge support for the “next big thing” in the region, the majority of the 135 people surveyed were in favour of the sculpture.
The project was first raised in 2005 when council approved a concept development by artist John Simpson to enhance the entrances to Warwick.
As the artist wasn't looking to council for financial support, council last year resolved to ask the public about the sculpture and if there was significant support, council would pay the long- term maintenance costs.
Before making a final decision the local authority had to get feedback from the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) about the location and was told, as long as it was as far from the Cunningham Highway as possible, there was no real problem.
In a report being put to councillors at today's community services committee meeting it says the survey questioned people's views on the appropriateness of the sculpture to reflect the image for Warwick; whether people liked the proposed design; whether council should accept responsibility for the whole of life costs, and the preferred location.
“The survey elicited strong responses with people often being strongly in favour of the sculpture or strongly against it,” the report reads.
“However overall there was positive support for the proposed sculpture design and a majority of respondents were supportive of council taking responsibility for placement and maintenance of the sculpture although there was some clear concern that any associated costs should be minimal.
“Costs associated with the construction of the sculpture are the responsibility of the designers.”
Fixed costs haven't been confirmed yet but council will tomorrow be asked to move a recommendation to proceed with the sculpture at Queens Park, keeping in mind the cost of construction of the sculpture will be the responsibility of the artist but council will maintain the sculpture once completed and handed over as a piece of public art as required (i.e. re-powder coat the icons, repaint pylons, maintain gardens and lighting).
DTMR has committed to organising signage for the sculpture.