Sculpture to make waves

Tait Decorative Iron team members Darcy Ahern, Neil Tait and Luke Dzioba are pictured with some of the creations for the Frankston installation including the stingray and barnacles.

The team at Tait Decorative Iron in Castlemaine is in the process of putting the finishing touches on six sculptures for a special parkland project at Frankston. 

The sculptures reflect the coastal environment and are a special commission piece for Frankston City Council. 

Tait Decorative Iron proprietor and project manager Neil Tait said they were excited to be part of the unique project. 

“The installation includes a school of fish, waves, stingrays, barnacles, a dragonfly and seaweed and is part of a larger landscape project scheduled to be completed by the end of March,” he said. 

The principal project designer was Flynn Hart of Pollen Studio Landscape Architects based in Castlemaine and Melbourne. Neil’s son Tristan Tait worked on the sculptural concepts and designs and Tait Decorative Iron team members Luke Dzioba and Darcy Ahern undertook the fabrication and welding bringing the pieces to life. 

“The works were created from highly detailed drawings,” Neil said. 

“First the steel was laser cut and then painstaking fabricated together by the team before an acid wash treatment was applied and then finally a clear lacquer seal to retain their rusty earthen feel.” 

Neil said the latest commission pieces followed the creation of public sculptural works for installations at Caulfield, Bridgewater and in Castlemaine at the Botanical Gardens playground. 

“The demand for our sculptural expertise has really grown in recent years and now forms a large part of our workload. 

“It’s an honour to bring these works to life and we can’t wait to see them installed for the public to enjoy,” he said.