Eye on the Horizon (2021) is an artwork by Braham Stevens on Hill 60 reserve at Port Kembla.
The artwork was funded by the Australian Government under the Saluting their Service Commemorative Grants Program and has been supported by Wollongong and Port Kembla / Dapto Local RSL Sub-branches.
The large sculpture installed at Hill 60 recognises the site as a military precinct and a key location in the country’s coastal defence network.
The work has been designed to draw people in to consider the site’s role in the Australian war effort during World War II. It has been designed to look like a large-scale curved lens with its centre capturing what would be reflected in a soldier’s eye as they scanned the horizon for enemies.
Made from defence grade alloy, this five-metre-high sculpture is part of the expanding Ngaraba-aan art trail. The trail is part of the Hill 60 masterplan which aims to reflect the area’s significant cultural and heritage value.
"I was very excited that my concept was selected for this WWII themed significant public art project.
As a young boy (back in the late 70s), exploring the Hill 60 headland and tunnel network on annual holiday left an indelible impression.
The opportunity to develop a truly modern and stylised large-scale sculpture that also speaks to the central WWII historical themes was both challenging and rewarding.”
This project is part of Wollongong City Council's Public Art Program which aims to create quality public art in response to and reflecting the social, cultural and historical diversity of Wollongong and its suburbs.
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