Birds in flight over Ballina Town Centre

New public art sculptures created by local artist, Leith Walton are being installed this week on two roundabouts in Ballina town centre.

The artworks on the Tamar/Cherry Streets and Moon/Fawcett Streets roundabouts depict iconic local seabirds and are held aloft by reclaimed timber posts from the old Teven Bridges.

“These attractive new artworks are a fantastic representation of our local environment and have been inspired by the beauty of our local bird life, waterways and coastline,” said Mr Matthew Wood, Manager Strategic Planning.

“The design was also a collaboration between Leith Walton who worked with local students from Empire Vale School to design the sea life motifs adorned on the sculptures’ timber posts,” explained Mr Wood.

The sculptures of an osprey and a sea eagle that sit atop the timber posts are made from stainless steel and corten, a weathering steel material. The birds’ wings have intricate detail on the metal wings inspired by our local waterways and coastline.

Council commissioned the artworks for the roundabouts instead of traditional landscaping works.

The installation of the sculptures is expected to be completed by Friday 14 July 2017.

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