Sculpture celebrates links

CITY of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons launched an eye-catching sculpture at the weekend.

The sculpture, The Wanderer, is fabricated in rusted steel plate and round wire and consists of two partly opened circles that mirror each other.

The Wanderer was created by Brigit Heller and has pride of place in the Bendigo library gardens.

"It's great to celebrate another piece of this development of the library," Cr Lyons said.

"We just keep adding and adding and adding and it just keeps getting better and better and better.

"It's a very eye-catching public sculpture that fits in well with the surrounds of the new library building.

"This contemporary artwork was inspired by the City of Greater Bendigo's international relationships through the Bendigo Sister Cities Committee."

Cr Lyons said the sculpture recognised and celebrated Bendigo’s long standing sister city relationships with Los Altos, Penzance and Maubisse. 

“Sister Cities play an important role in providing opportunities for residents to maintain historical ties and allow the Greater Bendigo community to connect its local identity with a global identity," Cr Lyons said.

The City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with Bendigo Sister Cities Committee Inc. will officially launch The Wanderer, a sculpture created by Brigit Heller on Saturday March 22.

The Wanderer is fabricated in rusted steel plate and round wire and consists of two partly opened circles that mirror each other.

City of Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Barry Lyons said The Wanderer is a very eye catching public sculpture that fits in well with the surrounds of the new library building and is part of the City of Greater Bendigo’s ongoing commitment to work with local groups to support the community and the arts.

“This contemporary artwork was inspired by the City of Greater Bendigo’s international relationships through the work of the Bendigo Sister Cities Committee.

“The Sister Cities Committee with support from the City of Greater Bendigo was keen to invest in a permanent public art installation to raise awareness of the important international relationships and this fitted in well with the City’s ongoing commitment to public art.

“Bendigo has three international relationships and the sculpture recognises and celebrates Bendigo’s long standing sister city relationships with  Los Altos United States formed in 1987 and Penzance Cornwall formed in 1996 and our friendship relationship with Maubisse, East Timor. 

“International relationships are extremely important to the City of Greater Bendigo as they remind us while we have a strong community here we are also part of a global community too.

“Sister Cities play an important role in providing opportunities for residents to maintain historical ties and allow the Greater Bendigo community to connect its local identity with a global identity.

“Sister Cities is a worldwide movement, originating in the USA shortly after World War II - a period in history, like now, where people want to focus on community values and exchanges to encourage international understanding and ultimately peace,” said Cr Lyons.

Artist Brigit Heller has produced artworks for Mt Alexander Shire, Wyndham City Council and City of Ballarat and is currently employed at the Australian Academy of Design.

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