BADCAP to commission rowing sculpture at Lake Wyaralong

FISH: Giant Fishing Rod, a 10-metre work by Adelaide sculptor Silvio Apponi was installed at Wyaralong in 2015.
FISH: Giant Fishing Rod, a 10-metre work by Adelaide sculptor Silvio Apponi was installed at Wyaralong in 2015.

Beaudesert and District Community Arts Project Inc has received a $10,000 from the Regional Arts Development Fund, supported by the Queensland government in association with Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Council said the grant would go towards the expansion of the sculpture park at Wyaralong Dam, 10 minutes west of Beaudesert.

They said BADCAP's own contribution of $15,000 made it a $25,000 project, with expressions of interest now being sought from sculptors living in the Scenic Rim area along with adjoining Queensland council areas including Logan City Council, Gold City Council, Ipswich City Council, Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley Regional Councils

BADCAP's Sculpture Festival and Symposium held in September/October 2015 saw seven sculptors from Australia and overseas work onsite to create the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park.

A council spokeswoman said Rowing Queensland had a visible presence at Wyaralong Dam and BADCAP was searching for a sculpture that would reflect and draw inspiration from, as well as inspire, the sport of Rowing on the dam.

The sculpture could be representational or abstract, traditional or contemporary, whimsical or contemplative.

BADCAP president Chris Grimmett said the selection committee would be looking for something that captured the essence of the sport of rowing as enjoyed by thousands of people who visit the dam each year.

"Sculptors living in the areas specified are invited to forward their Application for this project by 31 August. The winning project will be announced on 5 September," she said.

"Installation is the responsibility of the sculptor so this cost must be taken into consideration in the submission.

"It is envisaged that the sculpture should be ready for inspection by BADCAP members by 30 November with a launch date of 26 January.

"Not only is it Australia Day but also the Queensland State Championship Rowing Regatta will be taking place on Wyaralong Dam - the perfect environment to launch a sculpture dedicated to the sport of rowing."

All details regarding the Submission and the Application Form can be found at badcap.org