Shearing the Rams and Urana Goanna
Award winning and well known local metal sculptor Andrew Whitehead has been commissioned by Federation Council for the project, at the junction to Tom Roberts Road Lowesdale.
Located just 100 metres from Lowesdale Public School, Andrew demonstrated to Lowesdale students on July 26 how the sculptures are created. Each student will have his and her initials engraved into one of the many cogs that form the fleece of the partially shorn ram.
Completion date is expected by the end of November, with unveiling planned for mid December.
At Federation Way Urana intersection, the sculptured ‘Urana Goanna’ has been completed by Andrew, with the goanna resting peacefully - as commented by Cr Bronwyn Thomas - on a large quarry rock near the bowling club.
Deputy Mayor Shaun Whitechurch said the works would be a great addition to council’s art trails which could be further enhanced with a silo trail.
Council has budgeted $30,000 for the projects. Council’s selection of artist followed an expression of interest process.
Andrew’s previous works in the council area include the Boree Creek Swagman, Big Spider in Urana and the Morounda Horse Sculpture.
Creation and installation of a life size replica of a shearer using blade shears to shear a curly horned ram - based on the famous Tom Roberts ‘Shearing of the Rams’ painting - is underway.