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Australia : Museum unveils new Bronze Sculpture.

An exciting bronze sculpture gifted to the Australian National Maritime Museum to honour the contribution made by windjammer sailors to Australia will be unveiled on Wednesday 27th April, at Wharf 7, Pyrmont Plaza.

An exciting bronze sculpture gifted to the Australian National Maritime Museum to honour the contribution made by windjammer sailors to Australia will be unveiled on Wednesday 27th April, at Wharf 7, Pyrmont Plaza.

The two-metre tall sculpture entitled Windjammer Sailors has been gifted to the Australian National Maritime Museum by Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson AO, DSC, RAN (Rtd).

It pays homage to sailors in the 19th and mid 20thcentury who often risked their lives in perilous weather to sail wind ships (windjammers) carrying critical cargoes in and out of Australian ports to foreign lands.

Having been inspired by the gallant windjammer crews throughout his naval career, and now in his nineties, Rear Admiral Robertson has realised a long held vision to create the sculpture based on a sketch by Australian artist Dennis Adams (1914-2001). As a young commercial artist in 1935 Adams travelled from Port Victoria to study art at Londons Royal Academy on Herzogin Cecilie, one of Finnish ship-owner Gustaf Eriksons fleet of windjammers on its homeward voyage to Europe.

In 2015 the sculpture was developed at Australian Bronze, a fine art casting foundry on Sydneys north head, and modelled by prominent figurative sculptor Brett Garling.

Windjammer Sailors is located on the Pyrmont wharf foreshore between the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Wharf 7 Maritime Heritage Centre, Pyrmont as part of a program to re-energise the area.

Kevin Sumption, museum director said, The Australian National Maritime Museum Foundation is honoured to receive the gift of Windjammer Sailors from Rear Admiral Andrew Robertson. The sculpture is a significant contemporary artwork for everyone to enjoy which celebrates the brave windjammer sailors and their contribution to Australian history. It is a wonderful addition to the museums heritage precinct.

A companion exhibition to the Windjammer Sailors sculpture features oil sketches painted on sailcloth in the 1930s by Dennis Adams on board the windjammers Herzogin Cecilie and Lawhill. They capture both the romance and reality of life on board and can be viewed until August 29 at the Wharf 7 Heritage Centre, Pyrmont.

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