THE Nangwarry streetscape has a new addition after a sculpture depicting the town’s lifeblood – the forestry industry – was officially unveiled last week.
Created by Mount Gambier metalwork artist Mark de Nys, the “growth rings” sculpture is made of corten and stainless steel and celebrates the diversity and history of the area.
Advocate Laurie Charman said the idea of an art installation in Nangwarry came about many years ago, but the final product is more than the proponents could have imagined.
Speaking on the importance of the piece, Mr Charman said the sculpture represents a “point in time” for the community.
“Something like this puts on the map – it says ‘hey, we are still here’,” he said.
“People do not seem to realise we still have a lot going on here, LV Dohnt has been a huge supporter of our community and they are still just across the road.
“OneFortyOne are also here employing locals and improving our economy, that is the best thing a company can do.”
Mr Charman said the support d for the installation proved people still cared about Nangwarry.
“There have been plenty of hard times in Nangwarry but people are still here,” he said.
“We are all still passionate about our community and are keen to keep progressing.
“The hand of help that goes out when we need something for the community is so warming.”
The new sculpture is adjacent to the recently redeveloped Nangwarry pool, which resident Florence Thomson believes is also positively impacting the town.
“When you look around you see it is such a wonderful town,” she said.
“I moved here 21 years ago, I have put my stamp on it now with the pool and the sculpture and I am glad I did.
“Now we have to look for another project to do to keep growing our community.”
Mr de Nys said he was grateful to be chosen to be part of the project.
“It is exciting and always challenging to take on a new art project,” he said.
“You always have points where you think you cannot do something but we find a way around – I had a lot of support from the group running the project to help guide my creative process.
“I am really proud to now leave my legacy on Nangwarry along with all of the other people involved.”