Pedal to see the works of artists in downtown Torquay
Torquay cyclists will have a front row seat from renowned artist Jeff Raglus. The local chapter of Aireys Inlet designed and hand carved three ready-to-use bike stations.
Located in Taylor Park and at the corner of Cliff St-Bristol Road, Jeff’s wood sculptures – Stone Age Racks – stand alongside bicycle racks. Surf Coast Shire Council Mayor Libby Stapleton said the pieces reveal the nature of Torquay’s surf culture and its connection to native flora.
“Jeff has done an amazing job using his pop art to transform what is usually a standard community asset – a bike rack,” she said.
“We are honored to exhibit public works of art of this caliber. We’re especially excited to have them ready in time for the peak visitor season, and we look forward to seeing people of varying ages enjoy the pieces as they stroll through the city center.
Jeff is a contemporary artist who divides his time between music and visual art projects. He was the creative force behind the iconic imagery of the Mambo surf brand.
“(The Council) wanted bike racks, but they wanted them to be quite artistic,” he said. “They might even lean more on the artistic side than the functional side of the bike rack. They wanted something that reflected the nature of the area, and perhaps the culture of surfing.
Created with locally sourced materials, such as cypress from Aireys Inlet, the wood carvings for the bike stations were carved by Jeff in his home in Aireys Inlet – first with a chainsaw and finally with a chisel. The ironwork was carried out by metallurgical sculptor and foundry owner Derek Johns.
A component of the Council’s Connecting Torquay Town Center project, the resorts are designed to encourage fun, family-centered opportunities to connect, recreate, socialize and shop around downtown Torquay.
The Board thanks the Taylor Park Land Manager, Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority, for his assistance throughout the design process. The Council also acknowledges the funding received from Regional Development Victoria.
To see how the bike stations came together: www.youtube.com/SurfCoastShireCouncil