Maclean artist Cass Samms with her bronze sculpture at Turners Beach titled Furcula.
Maclean artist Cass Samms with her bronze sculpture at Turners Beach titled Furcula. DEBRAH NOVAK

Sculpting the River Way

FROM The Matrix to Mission Impossible, to Star Wars: Episode III, local artist Stuart Payne’s work has been seen by billions of people world-wide – and now his latest piece will grace a Maclean reserve.

Mr Payne’s sculpture A Productive Landscape is one of two installations, worth a combined $70,000, commissioned by Clarence Valley Council as part of the Clarence River Way project.

Fabricated from sandstone and stainless steel A Productive Landscape features two twisting cane knives resembling a raging cane fire, which are fixed upon a tree stump representing the timber industry.

The significance of fishing to the area isn’t forgotten, as when the sculpture is viewed from a distance, it resembles the shape of a fish.

The second artwork at Yamba, Furcula, is four stylised wishbones cast in bronze by another local artist, Cass Samms.

Ms Samms said the piece was a quiet and subtle recognition to the boats that have gone down when crossing the bar, and to the people who have lost their lives.

The installations at Turners Beach, Yamba, and McLachlan Reserve, Maclean, were entirely funded by a $500,000 Australian Government TQUAL grant.

Mayor Richie Williamson said the installation of the sculptures achieved another step in the implementation of the Clarence River Way project.



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