Formally unveiled by Mayor Brian Petschler and Bert Flugelman’s daughter Kay, the ceremony was also attended by Bert Flugelman’s widow Rosemary and fellow artist Ian Freu. Ian worked on the sculpture with Bert Flugelman, and made the trip down to Kiama to see its fitting final resting place.
As dignitaries, family and interested locals huddled under a tent in appalling conditions, all agreed that the position for the sculpture couldn’t be bettered.
Council purchased the stainless steel work by Australia’s greatest public sculptor in 2015. He was awarded a membership of the Order of Australia and was one of one Hundred Living National Treasures.
He spent most of his life in the Sutherland and Illawarra regions and lived for many years on Jamberoo Mountain, regularly swimming at Kiama beaches.
The Mayor said other public sculptures may follow this one.