Hunter artist Julie Squires will install a life-size bronze sculpture of a brickworker at Waratah Village

Working class: An historic image of the brickworks which once operated at the Waratah Village site.

Working class: An historic image of the brickworks which once operated at the Waratah Village site.

HUNTER sculptor Julie Squires, whose works feature in prominent Newcastle sites, will install a new work at Waratah Village on Friday.

Seventeen years have passed since Ms Squires, who has a studio in Mayfield East, has had her work placed in the city. 

The new, life-size bronze statue represents an 1860s brick worker from Turton and Sons Pottery and Brick Works, once at the Waratah Village site. 

Robert Turton was an English brickmaker and potter who arrived in Newcastle in 1851 and started brickmaking in Darby Street before moving to Waratah, then East Maitland.

Ms Squires made the sculpture at her studio, with Damien Bynon, from industrial services firm HIC Services in Carrington, her model.

“I was looking for someone who worked with their hands and would look the part in the historical clothing,” Ms Squires said. 

“The personality of the model is a crucial part for me, if the sculpture is to succeed in capturing the real embodiment or essence of a character.  

“Damien was perfect for the job and his work in industrial ceramics seemed like a great coincidence.”

 Ms Squires made sculptures along Nobby’s Break wall for the Bicentenary of Newcastle in1997 before creating the bronze sculpture Destiny for Newcastle Harbour and The Muster Point BHP Memorial.  

Symbolic: A part of Ms Squires' work at the BHP muster point memorial.

Symbolic: A part of Ms Squires' work at the BHP muster point memorial.

Larger than life: Ms Squires with the bronze sculpture of a brickworker that she  will install at Waratah Village, where Turton and Son's Brick Works once traded.

Larger than life: Ms Squires with the bronze sculpture of a brickworker that she will install at Waratah Village, where Turton and Son's Brick Works once traded.

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