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Busselton Settlement Art Project
21 Oct 2014
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The City of Busselton had its 175th anniversary since founding in 1834. The local community wanted to commemorate this significant time with a public art work, which has evolved to a very ambitious project.

Celebrating the people and industries who made The Vasse area a success, the Busselton Settlement Art Project will consist of 6 lifesized bronze scultpures located in the town's heritage listed Cultural Precinct.

The Traditional Owners, the Wardandi people, John Garrett Bussell as the founding father, whaling and timber industries, the pioneering women and the migrant population who arrived in the late 1890's.

Community has been heavily involved with feedback on the sculptures, the Aboriginal one has been controversial which highlights the engagement of the local Elders, and the Timber Worker has 'mistakes' that are being rectified with local knowedge!

The City of Busselton has contributed $210,000 to date for the marquettes and the first sculpture, the Whalers Wife. The total of the project is $770,000 with the next one due to be installed in September 2015 - the Timber Worker. Community groups, the corporate sector and individuals have all made contributions to the ongoing fundraising project, and thei City will contribute nearly half the total by the completion in roughly 2018/19.
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