“FLAMIN’ HELL” Sculpture Project.
A bold art project to celebrate the efforts of CFA and RFS firefighters during Black Summer Fires.
The Committee of Jingellic Hub Inc would like to gather up remnants of metal from the ashes of bush fire devastated properties in the Upper Murray and have acclaimed sculptor, Andrew Whitehead, create one of his amazing found metal sculptures – a dynamic sculptural interpretation of a firefighter in the battle against “Flamin’ Hell”, the Black Summer Fires. The life-size sculpture would celebrate the self-sacrifice, grit and determination of our volunteer firefighters and commemorate their heroism and massive contribution to saving the townships of Walwa and Jingellic in the Upper Murray.
Andrew Whitehead has accepted the commission and we look forward to watching the progress of the sculpture via Andrew’s social media posts. He aims to install the artwork on the Jingellic Showgrounds precinct in December 2021. It will become a feature of the Great River Road sculpture trail linking Albury-Wodonga to the Upper Murray.
In addition, we will also engage local artists to collaborate and create gates in a similar format to the sculpture – found metal objects (remnants and relics) welded together within a frame. These would be incorporated into a project to beautify and upgrade the entrance to the picturesque and culturally significant Jingellic Showgrounds. During the emergency, the Jingellic Showgrounds became a focus for support of our cross-border community, providing a relief centre, hosting BlazeAid and was a staging point for emergency services. The installation of a significant public artwork dedicated to volunteers at this site is very fitting.
Would you like to be part of this exciting project?
Here is the application form for a fabulous opportunity: a scholarship to attend Andrew Whitehead’s Workshop in June 2021!