Honeysuckle sculpture a talking point

A FEW people are scratching their heads, so the latest piece of public art at Honeysuckle is obviously doing its job.

Unveiled without any great fanfare this week, the snake-like wire sculpture by artist Matthew Harding springs out of the footpath near the Maritime Centre.

Grey and steel-like by day, the sculpture lights up at night and has become the latest talking point among harbourside visitors.

Commissioned by Hunter Development Corporation at a cost of $50,000, the permanent sculpture is designed to resemble a serpent, which emerges and disappears into the promenade. It’s the latest in a string of public art installations installed by HDC in an area now heavily populated at night by visitors  to the bars and restaurants.

Mr Harding, a well-known sculptor in Australia and the US, recently won the McClelland Sculpture Award and is currently working on the Australian-Turkish Friendship Memorial in Melbourne.

‘‘I’m very proud of my Newcastle heritage,’’ he said. ‘‘My great- and great-great-grandfathers were captains on the steamships in Newcastle Harbour and their original coastal and harbourmaster certificates still hang with pride and place in the family home at Raymond Terrace.’’


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