Bat sculpture to the fore

THE sculpture, Bats Off, which will sit at the front of the new Enterprise service centre at South Tweed Heads, was chosen from four designs by a selection panel.

Tweed Shire Council cultural development officer Lesley Buckley said it was an extremely hard decision for the selection panel who chose Bats Off from a shortlist of four designs.

"Bats Off is colourful and responds beautifully to the site's natural environment as well as the crucial environmental role of the flying fox - the backdrop to the artwork is home to lots of native flora and fauna.

Ms Albada said at first glance "Bats Off" looks like a grove of abstract metal tree trunks with joyful red and orange pieces hanging in the tops and clumps of grass planted in a grid configuration around the base, however the work is figurative.

"Seen from specific angles the imagery becomes visible, the pathways guiding the visitors to the best viewing points," she said.

"When viewing the work from either Traders Way or from the lake the "zig zag" trunks resemble a bare forest with what could be a colony of bats hanging from the tops, but viewing the work, on a slight distance, on a 90-degree angle the "trunks" line up and reveal a pictorial outline of two bats hanging upside down.

"Following the path from the south or patronising the rocks in the north, the metal posts are straight and in a rigid configuration resembling "harps" that are used to catch and tag bats.

"I hope that my artwork will embellish the Tweed and will bring joy to the many visitors that come to the Enterprise Service Centre."

Tweed's other notable public art pieces include the controversial $100,000 "Willy the Whale" maritime sculpture and the Border Marker on the NSWQueensland border at Tweed Heads-Coolangatta.

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