Coronet Bay,

Sculptures Get Community Talking


Coronet Bay’s Public Art Project, Bronze Yarns, was the talking point of the community when it was officially launched last Saturday.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, opened the project and spoke about Council's commitment to public art, with Bronze Yarns the third major installation in the Shire.

“Public Art pieces are a great asset to Bass Coast. They enliven the area and, best of all, they are owned and loved by the community,” Cr Rankine said.

“I congratulate the artist, David Murphy, on the fantastic work he’s done working with stories from the community and, in particular, the work he did with the Bass Valley Primary School for the Children’s Yarns.

“I encourage all to visit the Coronet Bay foreshore, take a picnic and enjoy the beautiful sculptures and stories of Bronze Yarns.”

Coronet Bay Combined Community Group President, Barry Hutton, said the community had enjoyed sharing their stories with Mr Murphy and working with him to produce the finished sculptures.

Mr Murphy said he was delighted with the enthusiasm and support he had received from the community, and it had been a difficult task choosing only six stories.

He thanked the community for working with him, including students from the Primary School.

After the launch, the public were invited to walk with the artist, explore the works and read the short blurbs that give an insight to the story behind sculptures.

One final sculpture, The (Flying) Elephant Fish, will be added to the collection after the specie’s breeding season in March at the request of Coronet Bay legend, Tim Ealey.

A temporary Bronze Yarns trail brochure, with more information about the stories, was launched at the event. It will be redesigned to include The (Flying) Elephant Fish, as well as the names of the children who worked on the project and their stories.

The next Public Art project being investigated is for Kilcunda, followed by Inverloch. The Public Art Reference Group is very keen to work with these communities to develop briefs and concepts for art, as they did with Coronet Bay.

Photograph caption: Skyrocket and Plankton Man are just two of the Children’s Yarns included in the Public Art project, Bronze Yarns, in Coronet Bay. Pictured from left to right are Bass Valley Primary School students Cooper Slavin, Sofia Hatzidakis, Emma Coward, Thomas Rawnsley with artist, David Murphy.