Rusting Biggenden sculpture under review
THE sculpture of a miner dubbed The Pioneer has only been standing in Beiers Park at Biggenden for eight years, but is already shows signs of ageing.
David Machen’s creation was unveiled as part of the Australia Day celebrations in Biggenden in 2010.
The metal sculpture representing past industries had been a partnership between the community of Biggenden, emerging and professional artists, Queensland Government’s Regional Arts Development Fund and North Burnett Regional Council to support local arts and culture.
At the North Burnett Regional Council’s community forum last week, the statue was declared unsafe by senior technical officer Eric Sturgess, who said it had to go.
“It is a lovely piece but it needs to be repaired or replaced,” he said.
“To have it revamped, I have a quote for $5000.”
The structure, unveiled on Australia Day in 2010, is rusted and pieces have been falling off.
For public safety, bunting has been erected around it.
The theme for the Beiers Park Public Art Project was chosen to allow the community to share in the richness of their history and depict the early settlement of the town and surrounding districts of Biggenden.
This sculpture by the Bundaberg artist alludes to the remnants of old work sites where you can often find pieces of history in a decayed state.
The old barrow is a common find throughout the Biggenden area around the closed mines, cattle properties and even timber yards. It is icon of history past.
Mr Machen had developed a figure in the same manner – the men of iron who battled for survival and our modern development.
WORSE FOR WEAR: The Pioneer erected in Beiers Park, 2010.