Sculptures yet to be installed after Girt by Sea competitions in 2016 and 2017

ARTWORK: The Island Girl sculpture by Antone Bruinsma was acquired for $7000 in 2016 and is lying in a council depot because it is yet to be installed.
ARTWORK: The Island Girl sculpture by Antone Bruinsma was acquired for $7000 in 2016 and is lying in a council depot because it is yet to be installed.

TEN of 12 artworks acquired by council during the Girt by Sea competitions in 2016 and 2017 are yet to be installed.

Among them is a sandstone sculpture Island Girl that has been left outside at a council depot.

A council spokesperson said the 12 artworks had to be professionally assessed and the best location identified before they could be installed.

Two artworks – Mike Van Dam’s Dolphins/Bay Life and Christopher Trotter’s Sonic Bay Buoy – have been installed on Karragarra Island’s foreshore.

“Antone Bruinsma’s Island Girl sculpture was a successful acquisition as part of the 2016 Girt by Sea Sculpture Competition, and one of five successful sculptures each awarded $7000,” the spokesperson said.

“It is the next to be installed in August or September this year (weather permitting) at Jock Kennedy Park, Russell Island, fulfilling the artists request that it be installed near the water.”

The 12 artworks will form the Southern Moreton Bay Island Sculpture Trail.

“This offers Redlands Coast the potential for a major cultural tourism draw card, not just for the bay islands but for our whole city,” the spokesperson said.

“On completion the trail will be promoted and marketed as a visitation driver for the SMBI as part of the Redland City Council Public Art Framework.”

The spokesperson said the remaining sculptures would be progressively installed.

“While installations might seem simple on the face of it, council needed to complete a professional assessment of all the works and identify the best location for each.

“Determining permanent sculpture locations requires considered site planning, consultation with artists and communities with all installation works remaining fit for purpose, accessible and sustainable over time.

“A proper and well planned maintenance and asset management plan is also vital for the long-term management of the artworks.”

Other sculptures could be installed at the Redland Bay ferry terminal, Macleay Island ferry terminal or arts complex, several locations on Russell Island, in a park on Macleay or Russell Island and at the Lamb Island ferry terminal.