Sculpture honours Cr Creed

FORMER Gladstone Regional Council mayor, the late George Creed OAM, has been immortalised in bronze.

A portrait bust of Mr Creed was unveiled at the Gladstone Regional Council civic centre last week.

The bust was commissioned and donated by Graham and Lyn McVean and sculpted by local artist Paul Adamson. It will take pride of place in the civic centre's upstairs foyer.

Mr Adamson said creating the sculpture had been a lengthy process with great care needed to accurately depict the former mayor's trademark hat and glasses.

''When I began the portrait bust Leonie (Mr Creed's wife) provided me with George's actual hat and glasses and these were to be copied and used in the final bust and they took extra time to complete,'' Mr Adamson said.

Despite the difficulties involved with working from photographs dating from different periods in Mr Creed's life, Mr Adamson was confident he had captured the former mayor's character with his sculpture.

''I'm always critical of my own work,'' he said. ''However I believe that I have satisfied the people who have commissioned me to do the job and I have also heard that the Creed family is happy with it.''

The bust portrait of Mr Creed was created via a lengthy nine-stage process starting with the creation of a clay model and including the creation of a plaster cast, silicone rubber mould, a wax replica, ceramic shells, and the pouring of the bronze.

Mr McVean said he had commissioned the bust of Mr Creed to acknowledge the former Calliope Shire and Gladstone Regional Council mayor's dedicated service to the region.

''This is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Gladstone, the central Queensland regions over four decades in local government,'' Mr McVean said.

A bust of former Gladstone City Council mayor Col Brown was also commissioned by the McVean family and created by Mr Adamson in 2006.

''... we had commissioned the bust of the late mayor Col Brown five years ago as a fitting tribute to a man who worked hard for Gladstone and did a great job in guiding the area's growth during difficult times.

''My wife and I are delighted that both busts will be housed in council's civic centre where they will remain the property of the people of Gladstone,'' Mr McVean said.

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