Chester Pass grass tree sculpture installed after previous plants ‘vandalised’

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One of two sculptures to be installed at Albany's large roundabout.
Camera IconOne of two sculptures to be installed at Albany's large roundabout. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

A new sculpture by WA artist Voytek Kozlowski has been installed at Albany’s Chester Pass roundabout.

The new artwork is based on the Kingia Australis plant and comes after the roundabout’s grass trees were repeatedly vandalised.

Kozlowski has created more than 200 sculptures that feature across Australia, including in the Great Southern towns of Katanning and Ongerup.

He said his works were inspired by the natural environment.

“I'm not ashamed to copy nature, I'm always inspired by nature. I think the best picture of art is nature,” Kozlowski said.

The sculpture is not yet finished capturing the natural environment, with winter rains set to rust the metal, creating a colour the artist said should mimic the look of real grass trees.

Artist Voytek Kozlowski standing with his creation.
Camera IconArtist Voytek Kozlowski standing with his creation.

“Where I welded is going to start rusting soon and create a different colour, and that changes the whole image,” Kozlowski said.

The call for new sculptures came in January from the City of Albany.

“The existing grass trees within the roundabout are constantly vandalised and therefore continue to decline in health and require replacement,” the City said in a Facebook post.

“The City will start replacing these grass trees with sculptures to ensure the theme of the roundabout is not compromised and will reduce the need for continual replacement of the live grass trees.”

The City budgeted $15,000 for two sculptures at the roundabout, with the second to be installed in the next two years.

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