44 NEW sculptures and letter boxes have appeared along the 120km Obley rd in the last couple of months, with one entry from Cumnock Public school displaying 26 individual sculptures for the letters of the alphabet.
“The letter A which depicts an Ant on a bike starts just 4 km out of Molong then every 4km there is another letter B for Butterfly, C for Cockatoo until you approach the Zoo, the final one is Z for Zebra” said Christine Weston, one of the organizers for the community project.
The new ones plus the 42 sculptures from 2009 competition, now makes 111 masterpieces that can be encountered along the scenic back rd to the Dubbo Zoo.
There was fierce competition this year with much larger and grander scaled sculptures requiring cranes, trucks and tractors to move them into place. While other smaller ones had solar lights and wind powered windmills. One farmer has made an enormous dinosaur out of tractor, truck, ute and car tyres however the piece weighed over 3 tonne and had to be built on-site.
John Fairfax and wife Libby, with Jocellin Janssen from Royal Agricultural Society Foundation, took 6 hours to drive and judge the 44 new sculptures; they were blessed with fine weather on Saturday morning which made viewing the paddock art easier and more accessible to judge each piece.
The winners were announced at 7pm to a very crowded community centre at Cumnock, that flowed out into the side tent and onto the footpath.
Everyone enjoyed viewing the 44 photographic canvases, the school art display and the SheArt shelias from Molong, Cumnock and Yeoval “Animals and Bikes” art exhibition.
Past Rural Achiever and Miss Cumnock showgirl, Rebecca Staines the recipient of the RASF $25,000 grant to improve the community project of “Animals on Bikes” was ecstatic with the results and entries from the surrounding towns.
“Without this generous assistance from the RASF the 10 show societies and 8 schools would not have participated in the sculpture competition so it has really enhanced the community spirit and will provide great tourism economic benefit for our surrounding rural reliant towns” said Bec.
The winners are as follows with first winning $1,000 and second winning $200 each;
Best Farm Animal on a Bike was presented by Jocellin Janssen (RASF Executive officer)
FIRST “Hot rod Henny” by Andrew and Rhonda Watt
SECOND “The Rabbits”by Laurelle Neville, Les and Elaine Hunter
Best Zoo Animal on a Bike presented by Mayor of Dubbo Matthew Dickerson
FIRST ”Emus on the Run” by Stewart ‘Benny’ Caldwell
SECOND “Monotreme on Monocycle” by David and Alison Trowbridge of Platypus Hollow B&B
Best Local Endangered or Threatened Species on a Bike presented by Darryl Hodges from Little River Landcare group.
FIRST ”The Powerful Owl” by Robert Armstrong
SECOND “Hungry Perchy” by Cumnock Public School
Best sculpture made by a Community Group presented by Liz Davis Central Western Catchment Management Authority
FIRST ”Look No Hands” Fish on a Bike by Yeoval Central School P&C
SECOND “Elvis the Kookaburra” by Parkes Shire Council
Best Farmer or Farmer's wife sculpture presented by Cabonne Mayor Bob Dowling
FIRST “Didyouthinkhesawus?” by Dean Butler
SECOND “Long neck Turtle” by Don Bruce
Best letter/ mailbox Animal on a Bike presented by Brooke Lees from Rio Tinto
FIRST ”Hells Hogs” by Mannie Bone
SECOND “The Pleasant Pheasant” by Ashley Paul Horry
Best Sculpture made by a School Group (each initially received $500 from RASF) presented by Louise van Twist from Newcrest
FIRST “Slippery Penguins” by St Josephs school Molong
SECOND “Rocky , Put that Down!” by Molong Central School
Best Sculpture made by a Show Society (each initially received $1,000 from RASF presented by Parkes Mayor Ken Keith
FIRST “Off to the Cumnock Show” by David Weston, Cumnock Show Society
SECOND “Winners are Grinners” by Wellington Show Society
Most humorous sculpture presented by Federal member John Cobb
FIRST “Roadrunner and Coyote” by Andrew McKenzie
SECOND “Rosie the Redback” by Mal Williams and Graeme Fleming
The $200 PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD was very close with “Hotrod Henny” winning by just one vote over “Roadrunner and Coyote”, with the very large dinosaur coming in as third favourite. Dean Butler took 2 years to finish his large tyre-constructed dinosaur, he was asked how he felt afterwards “It was tyresome work. It took me a long time but it was a Good year. I took it to the Maxxis!”
A great night had by all, with each person receiving the NEW wrapping paper with many of the new sculptures on it, plus each of the 44 sculptors receiving a family pass to the Dubbo Taronga Zoo.
The People’s Choice “Hotrod Henny” winner and other winning pictures can be viewed at http://www.animalsonbikes.com.au/2011-winners.html
Please request individual photos from Christine on mb 0411 208 240 or firstname.lastname@example.org