Boral assists with 3D artwork to honour local history
The historical style of European hut architecture that was built in 19th Century Australia has been reflected in a new three-dimensional interactive glass sculpture Future’s Past with the assistance of Boral.
Unveiled last week in Coldstream, nestled in the Yarra Valley wine region about an hour east of Melbourne, the sculpture is a prominent element of the Coldstream Melba Connect Project – a new pathway linking the former home of opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and the township.
The town also holds special significance for Boral, being the home of our Coldstream Quarry, which started its hard rock quarrying operations in the 1890s while the famous operatic soprano’s fame was soaring as Australia’s greatest classical export as she graced the stages of Covent Garden and Royal Albert Hall.
Peter Head, Boral’s General Manager of Quarries, Southern Region, said the company sponsored the project to enable the community to commission Melbourne photographer James Voller to develop the glass sculpture.
"The Coldstream Melba Connect Project is a great locally driven initiative and we are proud to have been involved, providing financial back-up and support, as part of our commitment and contribution to the local community,” Mr Head said.
“Having been an integral part of the local community for so long, Boral is continuing to work with Yarra Ranges Council and other representatives to further improve cultural and community facilities in the region.”
He said Boral Quarries also provided crushed aggregate and rocks for the path’s construction.