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International sculptors coming to Griffith

Acclaimed sculptors from around the world have signed up to be part of the Griffith International Sculpture Symposium, the flagship event to celebrate the centenary of Griffith next year.

Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi said Griffith is a young city of great diversity and home to people from many nations.

“It is exciting to run an International Arts event drawing sculptors from over the globe to come to our city and create a lasting legacy for current and future generations to enjoy,” said Councillor Dal Broi.

“So far we have sculptors from Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand, with two more to sign up. Each sculptor brings a unique approach and style to the mix which adds incredible interest and depth to the whole project.”

Queensland sculptor Luke Zwolsman has been appointed to manage the Symposium in Griffith.

“I am delighted to oversee this key centenary project and to bring a fabulous group of sculptors together for two weeks during May 2016,” said Mr Zwolsman. “Pioneer Park Museum will be the Symposium location and I have handpicked seven granite blocks from a quarry in NSW. The sculptures will be contemporary and reflect a connection to Griffith through the theme 'The meaning of water and the City's Multicultural Diversity'.

“The selected sculptors are all very skilled and highly successful sculptors who have completed large scale public works all over the world. We are delighted to have them take part in the 2016 symposium and can’t wait to see what they will create for the town of Griffith.”

“It will be incredibly interesting to watch pieces unfold, as acclaimed sculptors from around the world are let loose on 10 tonnes of stone, with the tools of their trade, carving, chipping and cutting, to create permanent public art for Griffith region,” added Councillor Dal Broi.

For further information on the Griffith Centenary visit www.griffith2016.com.au

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