A sculpture outside Narwee Boys’ High School in Sydney which Warwick resident Dennis Hope (inset) built in 1965. Mr Hope has suggested a similar structure be made as a memorial for the Dungarees in Warwick.
A sculpture outside Narwee Boys’ High School in Sydney which Warwick resident Dennis Hope (inset) built in 1965. Mr Hope has suggested a similar structure be made as a memorial for the Dungarees in Warwick.

Memorial sculpture not costly

WARWICK artist Dennis Hope has suggested that a Warwick memorial for the Dungarees could be built of copper or aluminium.

Mr Hope constructed the scene of “man and his architecture”, an eight-tonne steel structure, outside the Narwee Boys High School in Beverley Hills, Sydney, in 1965.

While suggesting that a memorial to the Dungarees could be made of copper or aluminium rather than steel, he said it could easily be constructed at a reasonable cost.

“The one in Sydney cost $260 in 1965,” Mr Hope said.

He has developed a possible design for the memorial.

“The design could be a column of people walking along,” Mr Hope said.

“The Dungarees would be larger at the bottom and (visually) reduce in size as people look up the column.”

His plan is for the Dungarees column to be 3.9 metres in height, 1.5 metres wide at the bottom and .9m wide at the top.

“It could be done in heavy gauge copper, which would go green eventually,” he said.

“There would be no maintenance.”

He wants the top half of the structure to be cut-outs (rather than whole) images of the Dungarees.

“I propose solar lighting in the top half so light will shine through at night.

“In the daytime, people looking at the structure could see through the top half.”

After being in Warwick for less than two months, Mr Hope has read a lot about sandstone sculpture and has suggested there be an annual sculpture prize in Warwick.

“It could be part of the Jumpers and Jazz Festival,” he said.

“The winning sculpture could feature in the Southern Downs Regional Council offices.

He has no doubt that many different materials could be used in some of the sculptures.

“I have used tiles in steel sculptures in the past,” Mr Hope said.

In his short time in Warwick, Mr Hope has drawn the town hall, post office, St Mary’s Catholic Church, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Byrnes Monument and the court house.



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