Gold Coast Council has commissioned sculptor Ian Haggerty to create a permanent work featuring a loved species of marine life.
Gold Coast Council has commissioned sculptor Ian Haggerty to create a permanent work featuring a loved species of marine life.

Sculpture captures marine love



MARINE love, the bond between a seal and her pup, touching nose, and life size, is the subject of a sculpture which will adorn the Miami foreshore park adjacent to the newly-renovated Miami Surf Lifesaving Club.

The division councillor Jan Grew said council had commissioned Gold Coast sculptor Ian Haggerty to create a permanent work which would not only enhance the park but feature a loved species of marine life.

"The design submitted by Mr Haggerty captures the spirit of the sea and its remarkable creatures. The work demonstrates the love of a seal and a pup, of the close communication between a seal family, and I am sure the work will delight many people, young and old who visit this part of the Gold Coast Oceanway," Cr Grew said.

The sculpture on a raised base will be moulded from hand-build clay then cast in a high-strength, long-lasting stoneware/polymer resin composite.

The stoneware (concrete) composite will provide an indefinite life span of many years.

It will be secure and strong enough for children to enjoy a close relation to the seals by touch and a hug perhaps.

At the same time, big improvements to the park undertaken by council include demolishing an old shelter and replacing it with two new shelters, adding more space for an additional clearly marked carpark, new stainless steel cooking units and bench tops and a new hot water unit at the existing barbecue, new bollards to replace the existing log barrier fence and improvements to the grassed park surface.

"With the sculptured seal and pup and many park improvements, this oceanfront area will become a very special place for family enjoyment," Cr Grew said.



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