Dorothy Haig is aware her work will outlive her.
Dorothy Haig is aware her work will outlive her.

Underpass art piece to be revealed

ALLORA artist Dorothy Haig is keenly aware that her first permanent public art piece is likely to generate questions.

“I’ve already been asked ‘is it art if it’s on glass?’” she said.

But the early queries have not dampened her enthusiasm.

Overall she is very happy with the project, which will be revealed to the wider public in the next few weeks when the St Mary’s underpass is officially opened.

Mrs Haig has designed the glass used in the underpass elevator.

And impressively, Main Roads architects have taken her theme “Undercurrent” a step further incorporating the river-like impressions of the glass onto the underpass walls.

The artist, who has developed a name for herself in recent years as a motivated promoter and exhibitor of Southern Downs talent, initially approached the underpass project with trepidation.

“I was a little concerned about the subject matter and finished product because, in reality, this art work will probably outlive me,” Mrs Haig said.

“So I needed to be sure I could create something site-specific and appropriate.”

Inspired by the Condamine River, she created a reflective work that allows lift users to look out onto the Warwick streetscape through an array of flowing lines.

“I wanted people to reflect on the boundary between the comforts of familiarity, in this case the lift, and the challenges beyond, looking out into the street,” Mrs Haig said.

“There is the security of being inside, while being able to look outside.

“There is also something compelling about looking through the design to beautiful architecture like St Mary’s Church.”

Mrs Haig said the public project was another way of exposing the wider Warwick community to various forms of art and design.

“I love the concept of public art, particularly successful pieces that are sympathetic to the existing environment and site-specific,” she said.

“I am also extremely appreciative that the Main Roads department has embraced this concept and allowed me to be involved.”

Work on the St Mary’s underpass project is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.



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