Bequest sculpture to call Noosa Botanic Gardens home after sea voyage from Italy
  • Friday 29 June 2012

Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest winner, Hew Chee Fong, will be in Cooroy on 3 July 2012 to celebrate the installation of his sculpture The Journey at Noosa Botanic Gardens.

Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington said the Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest, administered by Sunshine Coast Council and generously funded by an anonymous donor, establishes a unique ‘Carrara Connection’ for Australian sculptors.

"The Bequest will create a magnificent stone sculpture walk within the Noosa Botanic Gardens that will add to the existing attractive features of the beautiful gardens on the edge of Lake MacDonald," he said.

"The Bequest enabled Hew Chee Fong to undertake a two month workshop and residency at Studio Corsanini in Carrara, Italy.

"Carrara is known worldwide for its spectacular marble and international community of sculptors.

"The Journey

is the second sculpture to be acquired through the Bequest for the Stone Sculpture Walk at the Gardens.

"Locals and visitors are very welcome to join us at 2pm on Tuesday 3 July to celebrate the unveiling."

Talented stone sculptor, Hew Chee Fong said he was extremely honoured The Journey will be showcased at the Noosa Botanic Gardens for all to enjoy.

"To be immersed in a cultural heartland such as Carrara and to experience the broader context and application of international contemporary sculpture is definitely a life changing experience that has broadened my horizons," Mr Fong said.

"As an abstract sculptor I have used symbolism to depict my response to the Bequest’s concept brief on the theme, ‘The Emotions of a Lifetime’."

An additional event is planned for Saturday 7 July at 2pm at Noosa Regional Gallery. The 2011 Bequest’s Lead Judge and noted sculptor, Dr Rhyl Hinwood will exchange thoughts with Fong. They will explore his experience at Studio Corsanini in Carrara, Italy and will be supported by a display of images of his two-month workshop/residency. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn more about the ‘Carrara Connection’ the Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest offers to mid-career stone sculptors.

Entries for the 2013 Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest open on 1 July 2012 and close on 30 September 2012. Details are available on the website www.noosastonebequest.org.au