On the first of August, after travelling more than 13,000 kms, over almost 4 years, a permanent home was found for Japanese sculptor Keizo Ushio’s 'Oushi Zokei' 2008. This work is one of Keizo’s largest works outside of Japan and was created to celebrate his 10th exhibition at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 2008. The work has made the final leg of its journey and found it’s new home in the regional centre of Newman in Western Australia. The 10 tonne granite work required a custom built travel frame and a lowered, air suspension trailer to makes it’s journey across the Nullarbor to come to its new site; the roundabout on the entry road that leads into the new, revitalised town centre of Newman. Roads were blocked, a 50 tonne crane was brought in, and with some help on the ground the work was swung into place, the frame was removed, and the work was placed on its site and the final adjustments were made. The work has been given a fantastic, prominent site as part of a major building and planning scheme and promises to welcome visitors and locals alike for many years to come.
Images Left to Right: Installation of 'Oushi Zokei' 2008 in Newman, Western Australia | Artist Keizo Ushio with his sculpture | Artist Keizo Ushio with Colin Barnett the Premier of Western Australia.