Transformer sculpture gets long-term home in Katherine

Published on Wednesday, 27 April 2022 at 12:08:54 PM

Published 27/04/22

Updated 28/04/22

Katherine councillors voted unanimously at the recent council meeting to give the Katherine Regional Arts’ transformer sculpture a new lease of life.

“Katherine is known for its art, with all of our beautiful murals,” Katherine mayor Lis Clark said. “This is another example of the strong arts environment that we enjoy here.”

The decision was made at the Ordinary Council Meeting on April 26. The sculpture stands four-metres high and, as Katherine Regional Arts (KRA) executive officer Jacinta Mooney says, it has a Katherine flavour to it holding a fishing reel and a barramundi.

“We’re absolutely delighted with this decision, it was a labour of love,” Mooney said.

As part of the 2020 NT School Holidays Program, local artist Patrick Bauer made the sculpture at KRA with youth Nellie Pepperill, Tianah Law, Xavier Matthews, Connor Sarney-Scotney, and Keegan Frean.

After being displayed at Junk Fest in 2020 and 2021, this year’s festival on June 4 will be its last hurrah before it settles into its anticipated new home near the facilities block on Lot 3182, Katherine Railway Terrace, adjacent to Town Square. Placement of the statue will be dependent on getting engineering approval and grant funding.

The mural will be in good company with the many large murals along the terrace. It’s a proud moment for the young artists, who learned skills of teamwork, welding, and using a drop saw. It’s also a message of sustainability, with Bauer donating his 1992 Toyota Celica for the project, which the sculpture is mainly built from, plus an old gas bottle for its head.

“It tells viewers that things should be reused, to consider what you buy, and think about what you are consuming,” Mooney said.

The sculpture will be painted, likely a vibrant pink colour. “Many cities have what is known as an art walk, where residents enjoy local art as they walk,” mayor Clark said. “Along Railway Terrace you could say we have that.”

Costs associated with ensuring the sculpture is safely placed will be sought from grants through the Big Rivers Department of The Chief Minister and Cabinet, Northern Territory Government.

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