Gateway To The Hinterland
Public Art : Gateway To The Hinterland
Sculptor : © Jeffery Somerset-Healy
Description : Using material collected from the port
and farming properties around the Albany area
Unveiled : 1989
Location : Located in Alison Hartman Gardens, Albany,
Controversy : Not everyone in Albany was excited
about the community sculpture. Some locals organised a petition to have the project stopped during it's
construction. In response an article was printed in the local paper. Here is an excerpt 'The sculptural
installation is not meant to be decorative. It is meant to say something about our history, about the way we feel
about our history. It is a "sensory" piece. People are asked to feel it, walk around it and look at it, listen to
it. Above all, to think about the years that have gone into making this area what it is now - how many men and
women walked on the jetty, the noise of the waterfront in the old days, the creak of ancient wood and metal. Now
all have passed. Will the jetty itself soon pass into history? Will all we have left to remind us if its presence
in the Town be the sculpture.'
Town of Albany
Community Arts Programme
This sculpture assemblage was designed by
constructed with assistance from the community
and reflects the significance of
shipping and agriculture in the development of the region.
It is a visual reminder of the town's heritage
The tension on the busy jetty, ship's cranes, The sea,
The gateway to the hinterland
A time passed....
Among the components used are century old timbers from the town jetty,
old agricultural machinery and wharf fittings from the port.
I want this to be a sensory piece...to be touched, listened to, looked at and thought about