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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Nathan gifts Hanging Rock intersection with public sculpture 'Soar'

Former Councillor Maureen Nathan donated her Councillor fees from her term as a Councillor to commission a public artwork in Batemans Bay. The commission process was been undertaken with assistance from Council staff, with artist Terri Watling from Everlon selected as the successful candidate to create the work and finished by Mosaic artist Kim Grant of Kim Grant Mosaics. The location for the sculpture is the southern corner entrance to the Hanging Rock complex on Beach Road and is entitled ‘Soar’ to "reflect human endeavour, and seeking to inspire best that one can be". Terri Watling briefed the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) in June 2022 on the project design and provided an opportunity for the committee to ask questions about the concept and design. Unanimously, the PAAC were very supportive of the design and that the artwork delivered on the brief and its relation to place and location character. The main feedback was in relation to exploring the opportunity to increase the scale to support the space available at the location and to consider lighting that would enhance visual amenity at night.

Above: The location for the Maureen Nathan gifted sculpture 'SOAR' is on the southern corner entrance to the Hanging Rock complex on Beach Road.

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