BACK TO LIFE: A statue from Brisbane's Expo 88 has been donated to Kingaroy. Pictured with Jason Ford, Craig Tunley and Councillor, Danita Potter.
BACK TO LIFE: A statue from Brisbane's Expo 88 has been donated to Kingaroy. Pictured with Jason Ford, Craig Tunley and Councillor, Danita Potter.

Kingaroy acquires internationally renowned statue

KINGAROY has unveiled an internationally renowned art piece to be displayed in the region.

World Expo may have finished over 30 years ago, but the artworks from the world-class event are still turning heads.

And so it was in Kingaroy recently for the unveiling of the first well-known white statue from Expo 88 presented to the Kingaroy Museum.

Titled, Trouble on the Plank, the statue will form part of the much wider Expo 88 Regional Tourism Trail that spreads from Brisbane to Caboolture, Kingaroy, Biloela and Longreach.

Director of collections for the 35th Expo Anniversary group, Peter Rasey had the enviable job of scouring the state to find these impressive art pieces.

"My role is to source out forgotten art works of Expo," he said.

He said the South Burnett was well on its way to acquiring the largest single collection of World Expo statues.

"Back in 1988, there were 100 of the white statues made," he said.

"80 went to Expo and 20 went into the Logan Hyperdome shopping centre."

At present, the Kingaroy Museum has eight of the statues from the shopping centre.

This recent acquisition is the first statue to come from Expo 88.

Chair of the 35th anniversary of World Expo 88 committee, Jason Ford said these art pieces are a drawcard for the region.

"It allows the whole of Queensland to share in the rich history of Brisbane's 1988 World Fair and it's lasting impact on the development of our State," he said.

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