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Robbie Rowlands Public Art Commission

Broken Hill's Riddiford Arboretum Sculpture Symposium continues to take shape, with artist Robbie Rowlands revealing designs for the artworks. The project combines nature's forms and our mining heritage to interpret the significance of Australia's first green belt, and the ground-breaking work of Albert Morris, the Barrier Field Naturalists' Club, and the Zinc Corporation to green our city.

Robbie: 'I was looking at the structural formation of the Arboretum plants, particularly the Casuarina plant which I photographed at night in the early research period'. 

The second sculpture is expected to span four metres in diameter and is inspired by the natural form of curled bark that the arboretum's trees produce.

Mr Rowlands is undertaking the work with the support of TAFE NSW Broken Hill, who have facilitated the use of their metalwork facilities. TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Kate Baxter, said the project provided a great opportunity to collaborate with the community, whilst also showcasing the practical learning facilities at TAFE NSW.

The Sculpture Symposium project has been supported with $200,000 in funding by Create NSW.

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