RE­VEALED: Our new big thing

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THE re­gion’s new­est “big thing” is al­ready stop­ping cars on their way through Be­naraby.

A pair of big hands and a big bar­ra­mundi – ‘It Was This Big’ – is the big state­ment hold­ing spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to the re­gion.

Sculp­tor Chris Vas­sallo said the big sculp­ture touched on the re­gion’s alu­minium in­dus­try and fish­ing cul­ture.

“It’s big worker’s hands with rusted ma­te­rial, red earthy colours of the area and the alu­minium bar­ra­mundi is ty­ing the two large faceted hands to­gether,” Mr Vas­sallo said.

Mr Vas­sallo said the hands were 3D mod­elled then in­di­vid­u­ally the 226 pieces in each hand were welded to­gether.

“It’s the gel, what glues the com­mu­nity to­gether ... it’s about what peo­ple like to do on the week­end. This (sculp­ture’s) been per­fect for that,” he said.

Cost­ing more than $100,000, de­vel­oper Martin Spinks said the sculp­ture was not fin­ished with an of­fi­cial launch to be held in two weeks.

“The light­ing will cer­tainly give a dif­fer­ent mean­ing at day from night. It’s al­most bet­ter at night than it is at day,” he said. “It’s an in­ter­ac­tive piece with spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance.”

PHOTO: MIKE RICHARDS

Sculp­tor Chris Vas­sallo and Paul Wil­liams from Lump Sculp­ture have spent months work­ing on the new in­stal­la­tion in Be­naraby.

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