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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 30, 2009 11 2035566i iww wk04 ED: MB PUB: IWW DATE: 30/7/09 PAGE: 11 COLOUR: C MY K ➚ www.innerwestcourier.com.au Restored to former glory The gardens before 1906. MASTER mason Jacek Luszczyk, of Traditional Stone in Lidcombe, has painstakingly restored a missing piece of history to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. The gardens unveiled the resur- rected La Ballarina, which has a new head, hand and foot sculpted by Mr Luszczyk, last week. La Ballarina was one of eight statues bought in Italy in 1883 for the new Palace Garden in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens. She was sculpted by Charles Summer, an Australian-born sculptor living in Carrara, Italy. ‘‘It is a copy, albeit a good one, of a work by Antonio Canova, the most famous Italian sculptor of the early 19th century – some say the best since Michelangelo,’’ Botanic Gardens Trust executive director Tim Entwisle said. ‘‘The original work by Canova is now lost. ‘‘Many of the Botanic Gardens’ Jacek Luszczyk at work. 19th century Italian sculptures have also been lost to misfortunes that range from public distaste in the 1910s at their nudity, a rejection of classical and neoclassical statuary as low-brow in the 1970s, falling branches, backing trucks and vandalism.’’ After more than three decades in the Botanic Gardens’ stoneyard, and after losing her head, hand and foot, the restored La Ballarina was unveiled among trees and clivias last Thursday. Born in Poland, Mr Luszczyk has worked as a sculptor in Australia for almost 30 years. ‘‘It was not hard. I did this from my heart,’’ he said. ‘‘I am very touched by her, she became my baby. The process of creating is very exciting.’’ The marble was from a quarry in Carrara and Mr Luszczyk based the missing pieces on photographs of the Canova original. La Ballarina returns to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Picture: Simone Cottrell, Botanic Gardens Trust. National Tree & Family Fun Day YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING TOTAL BLOOD CHOLESTEROL CLINIC Your community pharmacy would like to invite you and your friends to our FREE health education clinic. A specially trained healthcare professional will offer you a total blood cholesterol screening and education session. Each client will receive: Risk assessment COME AND CELEBRATE WITH US ON NATIONAL TREE DAY • Native Tree Planting • Community BBQ • Children’s Activities FORD PARK James Street, Strathfield South Sunday 2 August 9am-1pm FREE For further information about this event please contact Council on 9748 9999 or visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au. LEARN: Random total blood cholesterol test What is cholesterol Why it is called the ‘Silent Killer’ Who is at risk Long-term effects of high cholesterol Prevention tips How to decrease high levels of cholesterol Information | Knowledge | Awareness Call to book your complimentary appointment. Location: Date: Time: Brought to you by Apotex Pty Ltd. 63 Majors Bay Rd Concord Thursday 6th August 2009 10am – 3pm Phone to register: 9743 2060 © Quality Health Screenings Pty Ltd 2008; All Rights Reserved ■NEWS Sound rules curb noisy construction NEW State Government guidelines will be put in place to ensure building sites limit the impact of construction noise on their neighbours. Acting Climate Change and the Environment Minister Linda Burney said there were many smart and simple ways the building industry could cut down on noise. ‘‘These guidelines also provide extensive advice on how to best to communicate with neighbours and anyone who will be affected by the project,’’ she said. ‘‘The solutions to reducing noise can often be as simple as installing a temporary noise wall or avoiding dropping materials from height.’’ They also cover community notification, assessing noise levels, work practices to minimise noise, how to operate plant and equipment quietly and handle complaints. Major projects will require a detailed assessment of projected noise impacts and mitigation measures while short-term works such as routine road repairs will have a simpler checklist. For a copy of the NSW Interim Construction Noise Guideline visit www.environment.nsw. gov.au/noise/constructnoise. htm or phone 131 555.
July 23rd 2009