Within the next few weeks Council will begin a restoration project of the windmill sculpture at Wally Tew Reserve and the recycled bike sculpture at Collier Reserve.
Both artworks were created in collaboration with Knox residents as part of the Knox Placemaker projects in the 1980s and 1990s. The windmill was created by Jeanette Jennings and the bike path sculpture by Rex Keogh.
The bike sculpture will be fully dismantled early next week and restored off site. The sculpture will then be reassembled and installed as per the original. This work should take between 6 to 8 weeks and includes replacement of missing and damaged pieces, rust removal, repainting and improving structural integrity.
Work on the windmill at Wally Tew will begin in early November and will include overall maintenance to improve appearance and safety including rust removal, painting and replacing rotten wood. This work should take approximately 2 to 3 weeks and will be completed on site.
The overall aim of the project is to ensure longevity of the artworks, restoring them as close as possible to their original state while ensuring the safety and integrity of materials.
Knox has over 200 public art works and Council routinely restore and repair works as the need arises. The current restoration project is the result of a comprehensive audit in 2019 and 2020 which identified a number of key works for restoration.