Designs sought for steel sculptures

PLAZA TEAM: From left, Whyalla City Plaza traders Anne Grundel, Jenny Odgers, Greg Desmond, Gail McIllwaine and Liz Attard. Photo: supplied.
PLAZA TEAM: From left, Whyalla City Plaza traders Anne Grundel, Jenny Odgers, Greg Desmond, Gail McIllwaine and Liz Attard. Photo: supplied.

The Whyalla City Plaza Business Association are calling for any and all established and emerging artists to create a design that will be transformed into a steel sculpture to help bring the main street to life.

Once the designs are received they will be laser cut into steel silhoutte sculptures which will be installed in Patterson and Forsyth streets, reflecting the history of the First Nations people to the evolution of the steel industry.

Up to 10 sculptures will be created with each of the winning artists receiving a $250 prize. The theme for the sculptures being Connection Through Steel.

Plaza Association President Liz Attard said the vision for the project was to expand on the existing Heritage Walking Trail featured throughout Whyalla, with the sculptures to further beautify the city centre.

"We want to attract more foot traffic down here, because of internet shopping retail has gone a bit quiet and businesses can't cater to as many options as online can," she said.

"We're looking to generate more interest not only for the community but also for tourists, we want it to be a destination that people can come and enjoy Whyalla.

"We're a steel city so we wanted to incorporate steel in the competition."

The designs for the sculptures will be submitted to local manufacturing company Infrabuild, who will then use a laser cutter to shape the scupture.

The steel is being provided by GFG Alliance, and the Whyalla City Council are also sponsoring the competition, which is open to all South Australian citizens over 16 years.

"We're asking artists, students, everyday people to put together their designs. We're looking for eight to ten designs for the sculptures and we're working with council to position them at various areas in the plaza," Ms Attard said.

"The artist's name will be placed on the design so people can relate to the designer...we're very excited to see the designs that will be brought to the table."

Entires for the competition must be received no later than 5pm Thursday, September 30. To enter, email your design and your details to plazacompetition@outlook.com.