Sketching ideas: Sculpture Symposium Creative Director Paul Stumkat thinks of a suitable sculpture and Dungaree memorial.
Sketching ideas: Sculpture Symposium Creative Director Paul Stumkat thinks of a suitable sculpture and Dungaree memorial.

Sculpting a future for Dungarees

AN outside-the-square idea could hold the solution to Warwick’s derelict Dungaree Fountain problem after years of inaction.

As councillors at this week’s community services committee meeting agreed to give $6500 of in-kind support to the biennial Sculpture Symposium, Councillor Vic Pennisi suggested event organisers could make something to replace the old fountain.

The fountain, which was installed in the river to recognise the efforts of the 28 young Rose City men who took part in the Dungaree March for World War I, has been out of action since the January 2008 floods.

It was removed earlier this year and though various groups have expressed interests in repairing, replacing or moving it, nothing has been done.

Earlier in the week in the engineering committee meeting, Cr Jo McNally resurrected the issue of the Dungaree Fountain, sticking to her pre-election pledge to pursue it.

After a presentation on Wednesday by Sculpture Symposium art/creative director Paul Stumkat, Cr Pennisi put two and two together.

“I think maybe we should bet a bit more strategic if we are going to continue funding this and get an outcome that best suits the community,” Cr Pennisi said.

“Why don’t we ask them about doing something to replace the Dungaree Fountain? A sculpture to recognise those people.”

The idea went down a storm with fellow councillors who added it to the recommendation that council would give $2900 of in-kind support from the engineering department for plant hire plus an additional $3600 for accommodation and meals at Slade.

The Daily News couldn’t possibly let Cr Pennisi take all the credit for the brainwave however, as deputy editor Jeremy Sollars was first off the mark on that one.

In his “Soapbox” column in the lead-up to ANZAC Day, he pitched a sandstone sculpture courtesy of the symposium would be the very thing to “give some of the genuine heroes from the past their deserved due”.

YANGAN man Halvor Guy’s father was a Dungaree and he said he was pleased to hear some progress and thought council should arrange a meeting to give the sculptors an idea if everyone was in agreement that a sculpture would be the way forward.

“I think it would be good to move the memorial up to Federation Park beside Tiddalik because a lot of people go there,” he told the Daily News.

Though he has not been officially approached yet by council, Mr Stumkat said he would welcome the suggestion.

“Over the years we have planned to have things such as sculptures along the river,” he said.

“Some time back we even looked into making sculptures at the entrance of the town. The suggestion was for large, metal sculptures like windmills.”

Mr Stumkat said they would be interested in the Dungarees concept and would certainly have the ability to follow through.

“But it’s not up to us, it’s up to the council to approach us,” he said.

“There would be certain issues to address, such as what type of thing exactly they would want and where they would want it.”

The 2010 Southern Downs Sculpture Symposium will be held from September 4 to 20.

The last symposium in 2008 attracted 17 artists and more than 350 local school pupils participating in the interactive learning program.

This year’s event, sponsored by BioConcepts, will feature five guest sculptors carving local sandstone and will bring 20 sculptors. Five sculptures will be donated to the community and the school program will be expanded.

Community expressions of interest for a donated sculpture have been received from Goomburra Town Hall Committee, Freestone 150th Anniversary Committee, Pringle Cottage and Browns Falls Picnic Area.

There is still opportunity for a sculpture in Stanthorpe.

Visit www.sculpturess.com for more information on the 2010 symposium.

What do you think about a sculpture for the Dungaree Fountain? Leave a comment below or email us at editor@warwickdailynews.com.au.



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