New $150,000 art sculpture for Speers Point waterfront

A striking, $150,000, 12m-tall public art sculpture will tower above the Speers Point waterfront from next month.

The local council say it’s to celebrate Lake Macquarie and its significance to the community.

The sculpture, to be known as Chimera, will comprise a stainless steel tower topped with a wind vane in the form of a stylised vessel and three sails.

Lake Macquarie City Council Cultural Services Manager Jacqui Hemsley said the sails would have a mirror finish to reflect the sky and the brilliant blue waters of the lake.

“Chimera will provide a spectacular focal point along the lake shore, between the Speers Point Amateur Sailing Club building and the public jetty,” Ms Hemsley said.

The sculpture, measuring almost 9m tip to tail, will be funded using money awarded to Lake Macquarie City Council in 2008 as part of the prestigious National Thiess Riverprize.

Installation of the Chimera sculpture is expected to take place in March.

Written by Newcastle Live

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