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South scores a pole

Saturday, 7th March, 2015

Ever wanted to visit the ‘South Pole’? Now’s your chance with the upcoming unveiling of artist Peter McGlinchey’s monument to South Broken Hill. PICTURE: Erica Visser Ever wanted to visit the ‘South Pole’? Now’s your chance with the upcoming unveiling of artist Peter McGlinchey’s monument to South Broken Hill. PICTURE: Erica Visser

By Erica Visser

As local artist Peter McGlinchey reflected fondly on happy times growing up south of the overpass, he decided he wanted to give something back.

It was then the “South Pole” was born, standing at over eight feet tall and made entirely from recycled steel.

A former miner, McGlinchey described his work as “contemporary industrial”, a style he says isn’t necessarily received well in Broken Hill which remained “very traditional in its artistic tastes.”

But he had at least one fan - the anonymous benefactor who commissioned the project specifically in time for the Broken Hill Fringe Festival.

“Before I start an artwork I’m always determined to use the materials I have available,” McGlinchey said.

“But once I had these I had the idea I wanted to put it out the South, being an old South boy and growing up here I had a very happy childhood.”

The monument was originally envisioned for Patton Park but will instead be unveiled in the foyer of Robinson College on Monday at 5pm, where it will remain permanently.

Everyone was welcome to come along to the unveiling, which was timed to correspond with the Fringe Festival, said Founder of the Broken Hill Art Exchange, Susan Thomas.

Ms Thomas said it was great to see organisations like the college, at 1 Wentworth Road, hosting local art to promote the “rich culture heritage” of the city.

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