From gallery to garden | midland express

Artist Zoe Amor with Mount Alexander Shire Cultural Development Officer Vicki Anderson, Craig MacDondald and stonemason David Pratt with Dusk, the bronze sculpture at his new Botanical Gardens site. Photo: Eve Lamb

Eve Lamb

Castlemaine Botanic Gardens has a new feature… and if you think you’ve seen it elsewhere, you’re on the right track.

Since its creation in 2009 by local artist Zoe Amor, the remarkable bronze sculpture, Dusk, graced the portico at the front of the Castlemaine Art Museum in Lyttleton Street.

But with the museum now due to undergo major refurbishment as part of its masterplan redevelopment project, the eye-catching piece has now been loaned to Mount Alexander Shire Council, who duly installed it last week in the leafy setting of Castlemaine Botanical Gardens. .

Carefully lowered by crane onto its purpose-built Harcourt granite plinth, positioned just north of the children’s play area, Dusk immediately felt at ease in its new showcase.

“It means so much on so many levels,” Amor said as he watched the relocation process alongside stonemason David Pratt who crafted the plinth on which Dusk rests, and pitcher Craig MacDonald who was responsible for the casting of the work commissioned in 2009 by Cherry Tennant in honor of the artist and poet Frank Mau 1925 – 2007.

“It’s been five years since the process started since it (the relocation) was first discussed,” said Chewton-based Amor. Express as she watched the sculpture settle into its new home where it is now expected to remain for at least the next five years.

The council’s cultural development manager, Vicki Anderson, said the long-term loan was to be five to ten years.

“It has long been on the back burner as an opportunity for the community to enjoy a public work of art in the garden, she said.

Sandra Hodge, Mount Alexander Shire team leader for Castlemaine Botanic Gardens and Urban Horticulture, said being able to feature Dusk in the gardens was “a real honour”.

“It’s a long-term loan and a wonderful gift for our visitors,” she said.

The bronze sculpture ‘Dusk’ settles into its new site in leafy Botanic Gardens after moving from the front of the Castlemaine Art Museum last week. The sculpture is pictured here minutes after being carefully craned into place alongside some of those who played an important role in its making, including artist Zoe Amor.

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