GRIFFITH SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM OBTAINS WORLD CLASS STATUS
The Griffith International Sculpture Symposium has been officially recognised by the International Sculpture Symposium Alliance (ISSA), the organisation which recognises premier Sculpture Symposiums around the world.
“This recognition is significant for the Griffith Symposium and it demonstrates that this really is a world class event - something that Griffith can be proud of,” said Luke Zwolsman, Griffith Sculpture Symposium Manager.
“This recognition is quantified by the calibre of sculptors participating in the event, the quality of the works, quality of organisation of the event itself, and how the community benefits from the sculptures”.
Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi said this was a coup for the city.
“To obtain this status is an outstanding result, especially considering this is our first ever sculpture project,” said Councillor Dal Broi.
“This recognition acknowledges the hard work put in by Noel Hicks, Allan Smith, Council staff, volunteers, sculptors and the people of Griffith.”
Councillor Dal Broi was presented with a brass plaque, a map of the world on Saturday night at the Shared Table dinner with the sculptors.
“There are dots marking ISSA recognised Symposiums all over the world and there is just one dot marked on Australia – and that’s Griffith – the first recognised Symposium in Australia,” he said.
Manager Tourism Economic Development, Mr Greg Lawrence said the Centenary Sculptures are a gift to the City of Griffith.
“This project is the largest public art project Griffith has undertaken and was made possible through the very generous support of local organisations, businesses and families,” said Mr Lawrence.
The sculptures will be permanently placed in IOOF Park in Kookora Street, and will be officially launched on Friday August 5 as part of the official centenary weekend of festivities.
The now completed sculptures will remain at Pioneer Park Museum for several weeks whilst their new home is being prepared, and can be viewed by the public.
For more information, please visit www.centenarysculptures.com.au