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Coatue adds to its historic attractions

Sculpture artist Andrew Whitehead recently visited Coolamon to install his latest work, ‘For Keeps,’ on Cowabbie Street.

The project, which took nearly twelve months to complete, was commissioned by the Coolamon Shire Council after receiving grant funding from the Federal Government. This funding will also cover another commission by Whitehead for the Ganmain community. The upcoming piece will depict a farmer stooking hay and will be placed in front of the Haystack display on Ford Street, expected to be finished by the end of 2024.

‘For Keeps’ features three children playing marbles and draws inspiration from the paintings of Australian country towns by D’arcy Doyle. The installation reflects Coolamon’s welcoming main street and reinforces its reputation as a family-friendly community, receiving positive feedback from visitors and tourists.

In addition to the sculpture installation, the Coolamon and District History Group has set up a display of local memorabilia at Coolamon’s Up-to-Date Store. Donated items provide insight into the area’s history, showcasing the community’s heritage. The display will be open until early April, with plans for future exhibitions focusing on collections from residents.

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