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Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
Dominique Sutton never used to give much thought to trains, but
her latest project has given her new insight. "You don't realise
until you get involved how many people are so passionate about
rail, and how important it is."
The sculptor, best known for the gigantic steel figures atop
Sydney Tower for the 2000 Olympics, has installed an equally
monumental project, a memorial to the thousands who died working on
the nation's railways.
The Australian Railway Monument at Werris Creek, south-west of
Tamworth and officially unveiled today, features a public
amphitheatre dissected by three steel tracks, representing the
three lines that converged on the former rail hub.
At the ends of each line are three-metre-high stainless-steel
sculptures of railway workers carrying tools of their trade.
There are also public gardens and walls of remembrance featuring
the names of more than 2000 people who died.
"I thought it was quite important that people respond very
strongly to figures, that they have something to relate to," Sutton
said. "Because it's a small town, it was also very important to do
a monument that could be used in the community and wasn't something
that people just looked at, like a pillar in the middle of a
The six figures are a jumble of stainless-steel rods laid on top
of one another. "It's supposed to have quite an industrial, random
feel to it so that when you're standing underneath it, it feels
quite powerful and serious because it is a memorial."
Sutton worked with a welder to put the gigantic figures together
piece by piece, cutting the rods into random lengths and laying
them on to the frame. Pieces were added and removed until she was
happy with the shape and they were welded on.
"Then I'd come back and start adding on that again. It was an
ongoing creative process," Sutton said.
She is pleased that the project was largely driven by locals,
many of them former rail workers, and paid tribute to the work of
the landscape designer Jane Irwin.
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