'It's a full story, it's not just a big banana'
JOHN Simpson quickly becomes emotional when he thinks about an artistic vision he's held for more than a decade finally coming to life.
But he's fast to point out that the project, a huge 15-metre tall sculpture that will sit in Queens Park, isn't about him but the benefit it will bring to Warwick.
Mr Simpson spent 13 years raising $180,000 to create the sculpture, which is now due to be completed between late February and early March next year.
Two thirds of the metal icons being used for the work have been created by fabricator and Condamine Steel and Rural owner Peel Tribe and its concrete base will be poured in the new year.
Despite only having one grant application out of eight approved over the years, Mr Simpson continued to believe in his vision.
The sculpture will pay homage to the Lighthorse Troop, farmers during World War I and Warwick's famous horse sports.
Mr Simpson believes it will help put Warwick on the map, giving people a reason to stop and discover the town.
"I know the value of what it means for Warwick. People say it's my legacy but I can't come to grips with that,” he said.
"It's a full story, it's not just a big banana, it's got a story to it.”
Warwick Credit Union made a significant donation to the project, with CEO Lewis von Stieglitz saying he was proud of the work Mr Simpson was doing.
"We like to support things which reflect the community,” Mr von Stieglitz said.
"I think it will be great because it's easily recognisable and will last a long time.”