SPEERS POINT will soon be home to a 12-metre tall public art sculpture commissioned by Lake Macquarie City Council for $150,000.
The sculpture, to be known as ‘Chimera’ and installed in March, will comprise a stainless steel tower topped with a wind vane in the form of a stylised vessel and three sails.
Cultural services manager Jacqui Hemsley said the sails would have a mirror finish to reflect the sky and the brilliant blue waters of the lake.
“Chimera will provide a spectacular focal point along the lake shore, between the Speers Point Amateur Sailing Club building and the public jetty,” Ms Hemsley said.
The sculpture will be funded using money awarded to the council in 2008 as part of the National Thiess Riverprize. It won the prize for its work improving Lake Macquarie’s long-term health and ecological sustainability.
Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said it was therefore fitting for the money to be spent on a piece of public art close to the lake’s edge.
The design, by Sydney artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse, was selected via an expression of interest process last year.
“With Lake Macquarie Art Gallery at Booragul, the CREATIVE Lake art trail and the upcoming Speers Point Multi-Arts Space, our City is fast becoming a destination for bold and innovative art,” Cr Fraser said.
Mr Stonehouse added: “The artwork is inspired by the wind shift affecting bird flight and sails, and combines various elements into a hybrid sculpture.”
Ms Milne and Mr Stonehouse have previously worked on major public art installations in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.