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Yarra City Council unveils LGBTI sculpture celebrating 'courage'

Yarra City Council unveils LGBTI sculpture celebrating 'courage'

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 11 July 2014 16:05 Written by // James Findlay

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.


James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based journalist and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. He is currently completing his Master of Public Health specialising in Sexual Health at Melbourne University, and a tutor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University.

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