BRAVE ART: Rebecca Townsend with Andy Scott.Picture: CATHY ADAMS
BRAVE ART: Rebecca Townsend with Andy Scott.Picture: CATHY ADAMS

Flying statue makes Scotsman nervous

By WILL JACKSON

WATCHING his huge galvanised steel statue fly over Byron Bay, artist Andy Scott was feeling a little uneasy.

"Even though we'd done a practice run that morning, and we knew it was going to be fine, I was still a bit nervous," the Scotsman said.

Suspended by its neck, the four-metre high Argestes Aqua was gently lowered by helicopter to a site near the lighthouse on Thursday. A plinth had been flown in minutes earlier.

The 260kg sculpture is part of the artsCape exhibition, which features the work of 50 sculptors over the entire cape. It opens tomorrow and runs until July 11.

The piece incorporates several features that relate to its location.

"He's facing the sea but he's chained to the land. He's also holding a brass seafarers warning bell and a 'windrose'," Andy said.

"Argestes is Latin for 'the east wind' and Aqua means 'water'."

The whole exercise went off without a hitch, artsCape spokesperson Louise Beaumont said.

"It only took about 30 minutes."

Because of safety concerns, the organisers kept quiet about the air lift beforehand. Only a lucky few onlook- ers witnessed the amazing sight.



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