Queany is launched

7 March 2016

Queanbeyan will add to its growing public art portfolio with the launch of Queany the Platypus on the banks of the Queanbeyan River 11am tomorrow morning.

Queany has been a combined artist/community project with the mosaics around Queany put in place by the community under the direction of artist Freya Jobbins, during the Clearwater Sculpture Prize weekend in October last year. The sculpture itself is another Neil Dickinson creation. Neil is responsible for much of the public work around town, including Morty the Snail, in the Sensory Gardens.

Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall said he was looking forward to officially launching the art-work and encouraged all Queanbeyan residents to take a stroll along the eastern bank of the river between Trinculo Place and the Riverbank Café to see Queany.

“This was a labour of love for both artists who went above and beyond their project brief to create this symbolic and significant piece of art.

“I would also like to thank the many members of the community who laid one or many tiles to complete this great sculpture. This is the community’s sculpture and the community should be very proud of what it has achieved.”

Mr Overall said Queanbeyan was forging ahead with the urban renewal of the CBD.

“Public art projects such as Queany complement the wonderful upgrades and renewal we are undertaking in the CBD, the latest major landscaping and urban design project being across the river in Queen Elizabeth Park and the adjacent Collett St precinct.

“This project we’re calling the CBD Upgrade Stage 2 and follows on from the revitalisation of Crawford St in the CBD a number of years ago, which is now a lovely shopping, café and accommodation precinct and bears no resemblance to its former state.”