REVEALED: Our new big thing
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.”
Sculptor Chris Vassallo and Paul Williams from Lump Sculpture have spent months working on the new installation in Benaraby.