Stingray artwork installed at Wellington Point

ARTWORK: The stingray artwork at Wellington Point was created by Queensland artist Braham Stevens.
ARTWORK: The stingray artwork at Wellington Point was created by Queensland artist Braham Stevens.

A RAY-DIANT artwork has been installed on the roundabout at the intersection of Birkdale and Main roads at Wellington Point.

Cr Wendy Boglary said the stingray artwork - by Queensland artist Braham Stevens - was commissioned to announce arrival at Wellington Point and add to the community energy and vibrancy of the village.

"It is the latest addition in the ongoing upgrade of Wellington Point streetscape, joining Dougie the Dugong and the pelicans in capturing the essence of the bayside location," Cr Boglary said.

"Locals and visitors have long loved Wellington Point for its naturally wonderful wetlands and foreshore access to the bay.

"With bathing, boating and bird watching on offer, it is fitting that the streetscape increasingly reflects these attractions."

Mayor Karen Williams said the sculpture was modelled on the eagle rays that drive through Moreton Bay.

"DRIFT – Sand, Sea and Sky is the first major work of public art to be installed under council’s public art framework adopted last year, followed closely by the 2018-19 Public Art Commissioning Program," Cr Williams said.

"Public art says a lot about a community and council’s formal framework came at a perfect time, as we embraced our new Redlands Coast identity.”

Cr Boglary said there had been much work in the area, particularly at the Village Green, over the past year to enhance the village's charm and build on its reputation as a delightful place to visit.

"This sculpture is based on local aspects of our area - sand formation from the walk to King Island, vast blue skies from Geoff Skinner Wetlands and of course the turquoise waters of Moreton Bay," Cr Boglary said.

"DRIFT ... is an example of art in practise - growing our local economy by attracting visitors."