Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, Queensland. Australia.
Commissioned by The Toowoomba City Council ●Materials: Grandee
This monolithic granite block symbolically represents the community of Toowoomba. The message that this single element conveys to the viewer is simple and direct, that strength lies in unity, solidarity and purposeful focus on mutual goals. All members of a community have joint ownership and consequently liability for its direction and shape. Under this umbrella of purpose, the disparate factions and individuals will more or less form a cohesive whole. Each however has the power to bring about change within that whole that causes ripples or consequences. The monumental grey granite block is intended to symbolically represent Toowoomba as a whole. The split or opening in its face reveals to the viewer its composition or layers. These smaller and variously shaded stones/boulders represent the different ethnic groups who have lived harmoniously in and contributed to the city's wellbeing and prosperity as well as the varied products, activities and geographical marvels of the area.
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