Benalla Kinetic Sculpture Commission
(Not yet confirmed but is out for public comment – see link below if you live in Benalla)
The piece is intended to commemorate the life of Arthur Baird who grew up in Benalla. He was the first engineer for Qantas and a key part of it’s early history.
Based on the de Havilland DH-50 aircraft, the sculpture, constructed entirely of satin finish marine grade stainless steel, is deliberately incomplete, suggestive of the sort of half-built models, parts and prototypes that abound in engineering facilities, referening Baird’s engineering background. The sculpture is particularly designed to suggest a wind tunnel prototype and to work effectively as an airfield windsock.
The overall form is accurately modelled on the DH-50, however the detailing has been streamlined to be suggestive of aviation generally and provide a contemporary and playful sculpture.