Airport sculpture is turning heads in Gladstone

STAR WORK: Propel, a three-metre sculpture has been installed at Gladstone Airport. The work was created by Donna Marcus
STAR WORK: Propel, a three-metre sculpture has been installed at Gladstone Airport. The work was created by Donna Marcus Mike Richards

A DONNA Marcus masterpiece is among the new arrivals at Gladstone Airport.

The sculpture, which has taken more than three years from conception to installation, is attracting mass interest from those using the airport.

"I love using aluminium in my work as I view it as both quite mechanical and, at the same time, quite organic," Marcus said.

"I've used a number of kitchen colanders in the piece, which can be seen when the sculpture is lit internally, when the star-shaped pattern becomes visible."

The project, as part of an initiative linking artists with regional towns, is endorsed by the Gladstone Regional Council and co-funded by the State Government and Queensland Alumina, an obvious link given Marcus's affection for aluminium.

She said the work is perfectly placed at the airport, given the strong connection with the metal to the aviation industry.

"Propel has been specifically designed for Gladstone," she said. "It was cast in Sydney, fabricated in Brisbane and was this week installed in Gladstone.

"I'm very much looking forward to visiting in May for the piece's official launch."

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