Rust­ing Biggen­den sculp­ture un­der re­view

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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