Former Mayor's dedication recognised with bronze sculpture
Inaugural Gladstone Regional Council Mayor, the late George Creed OAM has been immortalised in bronze.
Mr Creed is the subject of a portrait bust unveiled at the Gladstone Regional Council Civic Centre on Goondoon St today.
Commissioned and donated by Graham and Lyn McVean, the bust was completed by local artist Paul Adamson and will take pride of place in the Civic Centre's upstairs foyer.
It will be displayed alongside a bust of former Mayor Col Brown whose sculpture, previously housed at Gladstone City Library, was also commissioned by the McVean family and created by Mr Adamson in 2006.
Mr McVean said he had commissioned the bust of Mr Creed to acknowledge the former Calliope Shire and Gladstone Regional Council Mayor's dedicated service to the region.
"This is in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Gladstone the Central Queensland regions over four decades in local government," Mr McVean said.
"Similarly, we had commissioned the bust of the late Mayor Col Brown five years ago as a fitting tribute to a man who worked hard for Gladstone and did a great job in guiding the area's growth during difficult times.
"My wife and I are delighted that both busts will be housed in Council's Civic Centre where they will remain the property of the people of Gladstone."
Mr Adamson said creating the sculpture had been a lengthy process, with great care required to accurately depict the former Mayor's trademark hat and glasses.
"When I began the portrait bust (Mr Creed's wife) Leonie provided me with George's actual hat and glasses and these were to be copied and used in the final bust and they took extra time to complete," Mr Adamson said.
Despite the difficulties involved with working from photographs, dating from different periods in Mr Creed's life, Mr Adamson was confident he had captured the former Mayor's character with his sculpture.
"I'm always critical of my own work," he said. "However, I believe that I have satisfied the people who have commissioned me to do the job and I have also heard that the Creed family is happy with it."
The bust portrait of Mr Creed was created via a lengthy nine-stage process starting with the creation of a clay model and including the creation of a plaster cast, silicone rubber mould, a wax replica, ceramic shells, and the pouring of the bronze.
Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said Council gratefully accepted the McVean family's gift.
"The portrait busts of the former Mayors are a valuable asset for the Gladstone Region community and provide recognition for their significant contributions to the Gladstone region," Cr Sellers said.
"Council is privileged to act as caretaker to allow the public to enjoy these wonderful works and has committed to keeping the portraits permanently on display in the Civic Centre.''
The busts of the former Mayors were unveiled in a ceremony attended by invited guests including members of the Creed family, Mr and Mrs McVean, Mr Adamson, and Gladstone Regional Councillors.