Council considers purchase

BIG BUY: Stephen King's spectacular Stargazer III sculpture could become a permanent fixture in the forecourt of the Tamworth Regional Gallery. Photo: Barry Smith 080514BSA03

BIG BUY: Stephen King's spectacular Stargazer III sculpture could become a permanent fixture in the forecourt of the Tamworth Regional Gallery. Photo: Barry Smith 080514BSA03

A TOWERING sculpture greeting visitors to the Tamworth Regional Gallery could become a permanent addition to the city’s art collection.

Tamworth’s councillors will decide at a meeting tonight whether to purchase the six-metre high Stargazer III sculpture for $44,000.

The statue, by internationally-acclaimed Walcha artist Stephen King, has been on display in the gallery’s forecourt since May.

But the popularity of the eye-catching wooden sculpture has prompted Tamworth Regional Council to consider its purchase.

Art gallery manager Sandra McMahon, in her report to council, said Mr King was willing to sell the piece for $40,000 – plus $4000 GST.

She said the sculpture’s installation in the forecourt was a trial to gauge the public’s reaction and anecdotal feedback “has been positive”.

“If this sculpture is to become permanent, a formal development application would be required,” she said.

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