Sculpture by the creek

International Sculptor and chainsaw artist, Adam Humphrey’s has been commissioned by the Kiamma Creek Landcare Group to revitalise the Kiamma Creek Reserve with some public art works.

Adam Humphrey's with one of his tools for sculpting
Adam Humphrey’s with one of his tools for sculpting

The works commenced on Sunday and since then many local residents and school groups have been to view the scultptor in action.

Adam Humphrey's taking advice from the Crookwell Primary School students on the length of the platypus tail
Adam Humphrey’s taking advice from the Crookwell Primary School students on the length of the platypus tail

The senior art students and woodworking class from Crookwell High School came armed with questions for the talented sculptor. Kirsten Jeffcoat, the art teacher from Crookwell High School said that the students were keen to turn the area into a scultpure walk in the future, sculpture by the creek.

There will be two sculptures along the walkway, one featuring a platypus which has been donated by Upper Lachlan Landcare with the majority of funds from a very high profile local Landcarer.

Adam Humphreys with the nearly completed Platypus. The remaining timber will be used a seat.
Adam Humphreys with the nearly completed Platypus. The remaining timber will be used a seat.

The second sculpture is a Wedgetail Eagle which has been funded by friends of Kiamma Creek Landcare.

The Wedgetail Eagle Scultpure with Barry Murphy, Jonathon Berryman Lachlan CMA, Clr. Malcolm Barlow Upper Lachlan Shire Council and Nerida Croker chair of the Upper Lachlan Landcare Network.
The Wedgetail Eagle Scultpure with Barry Murphy, Jonathon Berryman Lachlan CMA, Clr. Malcolm Barlow Upper Lachlan Shire Council and Nerida Croker chair of the Upper Lachlan Landcare Network.

The sculpture is part of a long term  landscaping vision of the Kiamma Creek Landcare group after the removal of the willows in 2009.

 

Any Landcare event doesn’t seem quite complete without a bit of tree planting. NSW Landcarer of the year Eric Hurn was on hand to assist Crookwell School students Tyson Graham and Bella Hobson to plant a Eucalpyt along the creek.

Eric Hurn with Crookwell students Tyson Graham and Bella Hobson
Eric Hurn with Crookwell students Tyson Graham and Bella Hobson

Local artist Humphrey Price-Jones who is  hosting the welsh artist at his residence was also on hand to assist with the tree planting and days activities.

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Well known local artist Humphrey Price Jones

Art Student Elizabeth O’Keefe brought along a bronze statue of a kookaburra which Barry Murphy had asked her to paint and along with fellow student Cameron Davies they also planted a eucalypt by the creek.

Cameron Davies with Elizabeth O'Keefe
Cameron Davies with Elizabeth O’Keefe

The Kiamma Creek Landcare Group have been in a partnership with the Lachlan CMA, Upper Lachlan Landcare and the Upper Lachlan Shire Council to gradually remove the willows from along the Kiamma Creek and Crookwell river.

Project officer for stage 4 of the Willow removal program, Jonathon Berryman from the Lachlan CMA was on hand to talk about the new project which will be funded through the Environmental Trust with work commencing on a new stretch of the creek in Feb 2014.

Jonathon Berryman from the Lachlan CMA giving the children from Crookwell Primary School a lesson in the how and why of willow removal
Jonathon Berryman from the Lachlan CMA giving the children from Crookwell Primary School a lesson in the how and why of willow removal

In the coming months there will be a lot more action on willow control in the Kiamma Creek, Crookwell river area.  The details will be available on this website as soon as they have been finalised. In the meantime if you would like to find out more about the future plans contact Jonanthon Berryman at the Lachlan CMA  (Contact Details)

Jonathan Berryman| Senior Land Services Officer

Lachlan Catchment Management Authority
Cnr Lynch & Lovell Sts | PO Box 223 | Young NSW 2594
T: 02 6382 5833 | F: 02 6382 2134 | M: 0429 998 700 | E: jonathan.berryman@cma.nsw.gov.au

For more about the willow removal program to date and why we are removing the willows : read here

There were a lot of people who worked behind the scenes to make the sculpture event happen including Barry Murphy from Kiamma Creek Landcare group, Clr. Malcolm Barlow from the Upper Lachlan Shire Council, John O’Brien from Upper Lachlan Landcare, Norman Fountain from Lions, Nerida Croker from Upper Lachlan Landcare, Eric Hurn from Roslyn Landcare, Peter Crisp from Crisp Galleries, Humphrey Price-Jones, Jonathon Berryman Lachlan CMA and I am sure there are many many more people that have been working behind the scenes and of course the talented Adam Humphreys. We look forward to seeing the finished works.

Also thanks to the teachers for bringing the students to the park to take part in this event.

Taking a rest after all of the students and observers had left for the day.
Taking a rest after all of the students and observers had left for the day.

 

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