Yarra City Council unveils LGBTI sculpture celebrating 'courage'
The Yarra City Council has unveiled a new public artwork sculpture that celebrates the contributions and diversity of the GLBTI community.
Titled ‘Courage’, the life-sized bronze sculpture draws inspiration from the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz and is envisaged as a simultaneously playful, yet powerful symbol of courage not just within the GLBTIQ community, but for people of all ages and backgrounds who will encounter it.
“It is about recognising that Yarra’s GLBTIQ community, particularly in Fitzroy and Collingwood, was one of the earliest established communities in Australia to advocate for rights and recognition on gay issues,” Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky said.
The sculpture also pays tribute to a former mayor of Fitzroy, the late Ralph McLean, Australia’s first openly gay mayor, who passed away in 2011.
‘Courage’, created by artist William Eicholtz, is situated in Whitlam Place, on the corner of Moor and Napier Streets in Fitzroy.