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Artist puts Biloela on the map

SET IN STONE: Artist Sarah Larsen and Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper unvieled a sculpture celebating Queesnalnd's 150th birthday and Central Telegraph's 75h anniversary.
SET IN STONE: Artist Sarah Larsen and Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper unvieled a sculpture celebating Queesnalnd's 150th birthday and Central Telegraph's 75h anniversary.

IT took months of chipping away at the task, but Sarah Larsen's sculpture celebrating Queensland's 150th birthday and Central Telegraph's 75th anniversary was unveiled in Melton Park on Sunday.

Larsen was commissioned to design and build the sculpture by Enterprise Biloela, who had applied for funding from the Q150 Celebration for $10,000.

Banana Shire Council supported the application and the Thangool artist was funded by Regional Arts Development Fund to provide a selection of concept drawings for selection approval by public consultation.

Larsen said she took three hours to pick the right stone, and settled on the perfect piece of sandstone weighing 4.2 tonne and some two metres high.

She said it took about five months to carve, using a variety of tools from diamond cutters, air tools, hand sanders, hand diamond cutters and finally sandpapering it by hand.

“There was a lot to clear before I started carving,” Larsen said.

“With stone sculptures, you cut away what you don't need but you do it slowly as you can't put it back.”

She said it had been hard work cutting the stone but she had enjoyed the project.

“It will stay there for a long time for people to enjoy,” Larsen said.

Melton Park has been identified by the Cultural Heritage Trail committee as the hub for the Biloela Trail, and the sculpture is an integral part.

An interpretive sign will be installed in December, 2009, to inform viewers about the sculpture.

A significant signage map of the Heritage Trail will show residents, tourists and visitors to Biloela a walking, cycling or drive trail to deliver a broader understanding of our cultural heritage.


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