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Vintage Rowing Machine – Chris Trotter (2021)

BADCAP is pleased to announce the installation of the ninth sculpture Vintage Rowing Machine at the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park. Commissioned during 2020 (see below) the sculpture was installed by the artist Chris Trotter and BADCAP in February 2021.
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Chris Trotter:

“Training is an extremely important exercise for rowers at competition levels. It happens behind the scenes on crazy looking machines that have changed dramatically through rowing history.

Inspired by the evolution of Rowing Machines over time, the artist has taken vintage discarded machinery from the region and re-imagined them into this crazy, whimsical Rowing Machine from a parallel past reality. The vintage stationary engine represents the power and endurance of the rower with dual flywheels transferring the energy to the oars with precision and repeatability.

The steel rail wheels reference the rower’s sliding action, while a festive flag and propeller create additional senses of movement and dynamics seen at Rowing Regattas. Upon close inspection, the artwork also includes fun references to water such as navigation lights and coxswain seat and skeg.

The oars are skyed. A much better look unless you are a coach.”

The ‘Rowing on Lake Wyaralong” Commission
BADCAP was the proud recipient of a RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) grant of $10,000 that is funded by the Queensland State Government in association with the Scenic Rim Regional Council. Along with BADCAP’s own contribution of $15,000, it forms $25,000 project to commission a new “Rowing on Wyaralong” sculpture at BADCAP’s Lake Wyaralong Scupture Park.

BADCAP sought submissions from sculptors living in the Scenic Rim Regional Council and adjoining Queensland councils areas of Logan City Council, Gold City Council, Ipswich City Council, Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley Regional Councils.

BADCAP’s Sculpture Festival and Symposium held in September/October 2015 saw seven exceptional sculptors from Australia and overseas work onsite; consequently the Lake Wyaralong Sculpture Park was born with all the sculptures standing proudly on the hill overlooking the picturesque landscape of Wyaralong Dam. 
Rowing Queensland has a visible presence at Lake Wyaralong with the establishment of the Queensland State Rowing Centre and BADCAP sought a sculpture that will reflect and draw inspiration from, as well as inspire, the Sport of Rowing on the dam. The sculpture was to be representational or abstract, traditional or contemporary, whimsical or contemplative. The selection committee was looking for something that captured the essence of the Sport of Rowing as enjoyed by thousands of people who visit the dam each year. 
All details weee on the BADCAP – Rowing on Wyaralong – Submission and Application Form. All Sculptors living in the areas specified were invited to forward their Application for this project by late August 2020. The winning submission was announced in early September 2020. 
The sculpture was inspected by BADCAP members in December 2020 with a launch once the sculpture has been installed.

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