Public art at dam to get people talking: Photos

Public art at dam to get people talking: Photos Tamborine Mountain sculptor Jacques van der Merwe is pictured with his silky oak and steel creation titled Night Swimming at the Beaudesert and District Community Art Project Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.
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Rob Overell and Pietro Agnoletto from the Beaudesert and District Community Art Project help on installation day at the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

Tamborine Mountain artist Jacques van der Merwe prepares to install his silky oak and steel creation titled Night Swimming.

Pietro Agnoletto and Rob Overell from the Beaudesert and District Community Art Project help on installation day.

Radha Pedersen with his sculpture collection titled Happy Times before installation at the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

Silvio Apponyi of Adelaide puts the finishing touches on Giant Fishing Rod, a 10-metre work crafted with Kooralbyn spotted gum.

Birgit Grapentin of Laidley supervises while her work Resonance is lifted into place.

Beaudesert and District Community Art Project vice-president Sue Overell and secretary Chris Grimmett at the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park installation day.

Tamborine Mountain sculptor Jacques van der Merwe is pictured with his silky oak and steel creation titled Night Swimming at the Beaudesert and District Community Art Project Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat with his work Water Dragon Skull, which looks towards Mt Joyce over Wyaralong Dam.

Night Swimming is a silky oak and steel sculpture by Tamborine Mountain sculptor Jacques van der Merwe.

Night Swimming is a silky oak and steel sculpture by Tamborine Mountain sculptor Jacques van der Merwe.

Water Dragon Skull by Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat is transported to be installed atop a hill overlooking Wyaralong Dam.

German sculptor Thomas Riefferscheid crafted a sandstone piece titled Balance.

Beaudesert and District Community Arts Project member Debbie Oberhardt and president Andy Grodecki at the installation day.

Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat with his work Water Dragon Skull, which looks towards Mt Joyce over Wyaralong Dam.

TweetFacebookNight Swimmingby Tamborine Mountain sculpture Jacques van der Merwe, a compelling metaphor for doing battlewith one’semotions,is one of seven sculptures which form the newLake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

Mr van der Merwe used Tamborine Mountain silky oak and steel to craft Night Swimmerover two weeks at theWyaralongSculptureFestival andSymposium, which ended on Sunday.

Organisers the Beaudesert and Community Arts Project (BADCAP)had to persistfor permission to install the work because of its nudity but Mr van der Merwe encouraged onlookers to consider its deeper meaning.

“It’s got nothing to do with the fact that he’s nude or not –it’s just a metaphor for when you have a lot of feelings and sometimes you feel like you’re swimming in them,” he said.

“It’s like swimming through that emotion –dealing with your emotions –and I called it night swimming because it’s not always easy.

“It’s kind of a mysterious sculpture in a way –because of the steel bathing cap the sculpture became not just a swimmer but almost like a soldier.”

BalancebyThomas Riefferscheid of Germany, Water DragonbyPaul Stumkat of Killarney, Humming Stone byBirgit Grapentin of Laidley, Spirallel Geometry byLuke Zwolsman of the Gold Coast and Good Times by Radha Pedersen of Victoria Point were also installed on Saturday atop the hill overlooking Wyaralong Dam.

Giant Fishing Rod, a 10-metre work by Adelaide sculptorSilvio Apponi is expected to be installed in the coming week after it receives approval from engineers.

The Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park is estimated to be worth about $180,000 including in-kind donations.

BADCAP raised most of the money through the annual Arts in the Olives festival in the Lost World Valley and also drew support from the federalRegional Arts Fund, the state Regional Arts Development Fund, Arts Queensland and the Scenic Rim Regional Council.

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