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Inspired by his youth spent on and around the Richmond River, Leith Walton has created two sculptures that are being installed on roundabouts in Ballina town centre this week.

Based in Melbourne Leith has been back home in Ballina for the installation of the sculptures of an osprey and a sea eagle that sit aloft reclaimed timber posts from the old Teven Bridges.

‘Every time I come back I seem to see an osprey or a sea eagle,’ said Leith.

The artworks of iconic local seabirds will be located on the Tamar/Cherry Streets and Moon/Fawcett Streets roundabouts.

Mr Matthew Wood, manager strategic planning at Ballina council said, ‘These attractive new artworks are a fantastic representation of our local environment and have been inspired by the beauty of our local bird life, waterways and coastline.’

In fact if you look closely at the wings of the birds with a map in hand you will be able to identify various parts of the Richmond River and it tributaries in the patterns on the wings.

Over the next few weeks the installations will be added to incorporating the work of students from the Empire Vale Public School.

‘The kids participated in a workshop and came up with the silhouettes of little fish’ that will be added to the base of the sculptures said Leith enthusiastically.

‘Everyone who has been involved has been connected to the river.’

If you would like to check out Leith’s other sculpture, water colours or murals click here


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