Henry Lawson sculpture
22 May 2014.
The bronze sculpture of short story writer and balladist Henry Lawson, by Sydney–based artists Gillie and Marc Schattner, was officially unveiled in Grenfell on Wednesday 21 May. The sculpture was commissioned by the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts with support from the community building partnerships fund of the NSW Government.
The life-sized sculpture has Henry Lawson sitting, notebook and pen in hand, on a bench seat. There is room next to him for visitors to sit and have their photo taken, or to contemplate verse of their own.
Henry Lawson (1867-1922), was born on 17 June 1867 at Grenfell.
Local state member Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP unveiled the statue. President of the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Mr John Hunter, Weddin Shire Mayor Mark Liebich and Glenn Carroll Weddin Shire Council General Manager also took part in the official proceedings.
With a slight delay in getting Henry unveiled, students from St Josephs School, who have been learning Australian poetry, stepped in with impromptu recitations for the crowd.
A steady stream of people have been reported eagerly taking photos with the statue.
The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts is on the June long weekend.
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