Shear­ing the Rams and Urana Goanna

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROBERT MUIR

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.

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