Sculptures proposed for city's centenary

A COLLECTION of stone sculptures could be a permanent reminder of Griffith's centenary well after the celebrations are over.

Preparations for the 2016 centenary are well under way, with ideas flowing in from the community, a logo created and designs for a "memory lane" website in progress.

One initiative being investigated by the 2016 centenary celebrations committee is a sculpture symposium, where sculptors would be brought in to create masterpieces throughout the city.

Large pieces of stone would be transported into Griffith and the sculptors would carve their artworks over two or three weeks.

Committee member Noel Hicks has been impressed by sculpture symposiums in the Barossa Valley and Broken Hill and believed the activity would be the best way to make a lasting impression on the city.

"We'd invite sculptors from all over Australia, or even overseas, to come to town and participate," Mr Hicks said.

"The great thing about it would be that people can watch them work they could be all in one place or scattered throughout the town.

"Then, after all the sculptures are finished, they become a tourist attraction for the long-term. They'd be a huge drawcard for Griffith and it's a great way for the celebrations to leave a mark."

While centenary plans are still in their early stages, a great deal of work has been done behind the scenes to garner community interest in the milestone.

"We're looking at trying to engage with community groups and schools to get them involved with the concept in the lead-up to the centenary," committee chairman and Griffith mayor Mike Neville said.

"We'll look at some existing events like the Sikh games and La Festa and explore whether there can be some links to the centenary there and pursue our own events including a re-enactment of some part of history."

The committee intends to set up memorabilia displays throughout 2016 and Cr Neville hoped to bring a steam train through the town to "wind the clock back".

"We'll look to acknowledge Griffith's pioneer spirit with horses and carts and that sort of thing as well," he said.

"It's important to remember the area was a camp before it became a town.

"We're mindful of trying to do things in the right spirit."

Cr Neville said the logo created for the occasion aimed to reflect the cultural diversity of the community.

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