Owl takes pride of place

30 July 2014

A 1.8M bronze owl sculpture has been installed in the forecourt of Lavington's North Point Tower as part of a new public art partnership between AlburyCity and Zauner Construction.

AlburyCity commissioned Melbourne-based artist Dean Bowen to create the owl.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack says this is one of the first public art projects between Council and the private sector.

"Our 2010-2020 Urban and Public Art Strategy supports commercial and private sector partnerships, and this is a great example of how Council and Zauner Construction have worked together to bring a stunning sculpture to the Lavington landscape.

AlburyCity has invested $40,000 in the commission which will take pride of place in front of the Lavington Library. AlburyCity will own and retain the artwork as part of its public art portfolio. Zauner Construction has assisted in preparing the foundation for the owl to stand on and its installation.

"The sculpture is not only symbolic of the importance of the area's endangered Barking Owl, but also the association of the Library with learning and knowledge," Mayor Mack said.

Under AlburyCity's Special Variation to Rates, around $100,000 per year is invested in the maintenance and development of Albury's urban and public art.