Metal sculpture ‘The Pioneer’ by Bundaberg artist Dave Machen is admired by visitors from Perth, Western Australia; Bob and Val Izard. The sculpture in Beiers Park, Biggenden, will be officially unveiled at the town’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: BEV GEISSLER
Metal sculpture ‘The Pioneer’ by Bundaberg artist Dave Machen is admired by visitors from Perth, Western Australia; Bob and Val Izard. The sculpture in Beiers Park, Biggenden, will be officially unveiled at the town’s Australia Day celebrations. Photo: BEV GEISSLER

Pioneering sculpture remembers

THE sculpture in Biggenden’s Beiers Park will be officially unveiled at the town’s Australia Day celebration.

The artwork project was a partnership between the North Burnett Regional Council, the community and Arts Queensland.

Artists were requested to submit proposed works, and The Pioneer was chosen at a regional arts development meeting in August 2008.

Dave Machen described his design as representing industries past, and the men of iron who battled for survival and our modern development.

“It alludes to the remains of old working sites. The old barrow is a common find throughout the Biggenden area, around the closed mines, cattle properties and even timber yards,” he said.

“Twisted and fragmented panels that make up the figure should create an imposing 3m-high silhouette against the famous Mt Walsh.”

Mr Machen has several artworks in the Childers Streetscape Project, for which he was project art director, and in the Burnett River Project in Bundaberg.

The Australia Day program starts in Beiers Park, Edward Street, at 7.30am with a free Aussie barbecue breakfast supplied by the Biggenden SES Group.

Guest speaker will be Cassie Percival at 8.30am, followed by the presentation of awards, then the sculpture unveiling by Mr Machen.



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