THE INSTALLATION artwork suspended over Warragul’s Howitt Street in 2007 but removed amid safety concerns may make a small-scale return over laneways around Baw Baw.
Images: by Louise Lavarack. Used with permission.
The Baw Baw Arts and Culture Advisory Committee has been discussing the return of Cloud – a moving cable and aluminium work featuring multi-coloured panels which turn with the wind to show different colours.
It was removed after a number of panels fell onto the road in strong winds.
Council committee representative Mikaela Power told councillors the group was considering splitting the work into smaller pieces for use over laneways.
“There have been various discussions and the council are going to talk to the artist about potentially breaking it up a bit and putting it around the place,” Cr Power said.
“One of the suggestions was a laneway in Drouin.”
The work by award-winning sculpture artist Louise Lavarack cost $130,000 but has spent most of its life in a Baw Baw Shire depot.
Ms Lavarack said she would support bringing Cloud back in a smaller form.
“I would be delighted to see it resurrected in one form or another,” Ms Lavarack told The Warragul Citizen.
Ms Lavarack said “an engineering issue” and strong winds were to blame for panel fittings breaking and the problem was “fixable”.
“It’s a matter of getting structural engineers to examine [the work],” Ms Lavarack said.
“It was an engineering issue and we had some seriously strong winds that year. An enormous number of trees came down.
“It would be easily fixable and adaptable, yes.”
Ms Lavarack said
she was yet to be contacted about the work’s resurrection. Update: Ms Lavarack was contacted by the council shortly after this interview took place.
Public and council support for the possible move is yet to be seen. Councillors laughed at the suggestion of the Cloud’s return and Mayor Murray Cook joked about the plan to break up the artwork.
“The Cloud I remember doesn’t need any help breaking up,” Cr Cook said.
But Ms Lavarack said the community responded well to the work.
“One of the best reactions was when we were [just completing] the structure and a guy in a ute pulled up,” she said.
“I though ‘oh no’ but… he said ‘I think it’s fantastic’”
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