A sculpture inspired by Ipswich’s rich history and culture will become a focal point of the city’s reinvigorated CBD precinct.
Designed by local artist Lincoln Austin, Standing will represent an evolving Ipswich, paying tribute to the city’s heritage while looking forward to a vibrant future.
The artwork’s design, which is an interpretation of Ipswich’s floral emblem, was recently revealed at Ipswich Art Gallery.
Once completed, the artwork will be permanently installed near the new piazza in Nicholas Street.
Mayor Teresa Harding said public art plays an important role in celebrating the contribution of the creative sector in Ipswich.
“Public art deeply enhances our community spaces and installations provide an important platform for artists and the creative sector to express their talents and stories,” she said.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and public art creates opportunities for diverse expressions of views and creativity.”
Deputy Mayor and Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee Chairperson Marnie Doyle said Standing would become a distinctive feature of Ipswich’s city centre.
“Over the years, artworks have been dotted right across Ipswich, attracting residents and visitors to explore different parts of our region,” Deputy Mayor Doyle said.
“This artwork will draw people in to our city centre, becoming a talking point and wayfinding beacon central to our revitalised CBD.”
Division 3 Councillor Andrew Fechner said Standing will be one of several artworks installed as part of the Ipswich central redevelopment.
“Council will continue to support the ongoing cultural development of our city through our public art strategy, including carrying out recommendations from a recent Indigenous community consultation,” he said.
“This includes featuring Indigenous artwork and fish trap sculptures in the new civic plaza area as well as a cultural garden.”
Pictured from left are Cr Andrew Fechner, artist Lincoln Austin, Mayor Teresa Harding, Simon Kroger from Independent Arts Management, Cr Marnie Doyle and Mike Mooney from Stainless Aesthetics.
Mr Austin said Standing is inspired by his 13 years living in Ipswich.
“Ipswich is a city on the move, striving to remain current and modern, while also respecting the heritage and history of this place,” he said.
“Over my time here, I have seen many changes. I have observed the city’s response to natural disasters, political upheaval and tragedy.
“Through all this, Ipswichians’ resilience, tenacity and an unwavering community spirit have shone through.
“Standing is the point of departure, the moment before we move forward, from where we take our first step.
“I’m proud to be a part of this next chapter.”