Two Rocks: Marc Le Buse sculptures restored to original glory thanks to fresh paint job

The Marc Le Buse sculptures at Charnwood Park, Two Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey
The Marc Le Buse sculptures at Charnwood Park, Two Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey
The Marc Le Buse sculptures before restoration.
The Marc Le Buse sculptures before restoration.
The Marc Le Buse sculptures at Charnwood Park, Two Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey The Marc Le Buse sculptures at Charnwood Park, Two Rocks. Picture: Martin Kennealey The Marc Le Buse sculptures before restoration. The Marc Le Buse sculptures before restoration.

A FRESH layer of paint has restored Marc Le Buse’s sculptures in Two Rocks to their original shade of colour.

The City of Wanneroo arranged the conservation work after relocating the sculptures from the former Club Capricorn Resort site in Yanchep to Charnwood Park earlier this year.

Le Buse originally created the 12 celebrity head sculptures, including Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, Alan Bond and Disney characters, for the former Atlantis Marine Park.

When the park closed in 1990, they were relocated to the resort and a school group had partly painted the heads before local artists intervened.

Community and place director Debbie Terelinck said the City used the services of several conservators and sought quotations on the condition of the statues.

Mrs Terelinck said it sought proposals on how to prolong the life of the statues, protect them from the elements and limit further deterioration, and Steve Hawkes undertook the work in October and November.

“The procedure consisted of several layers of breathable coatings; all flaking paint was removed by hand, a primer, lime washes and an anti-graffiti wax were applied to the statues,” Mrs Terelinck said.

She said it cost $5800 and an anti-graffiti wax had been applied to prevent future damage.

“The Le Buses have considerable heritage value to the Two Rocks community, having been sculptured by Mark Le Buse for Atlantis and the Sun City development,” she said.

“Since the statues were returned to Two Rocks, the community response has been overwhelmingly positive and they are creating a new sense of place in Charnwood Park.”

Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association president Peter Wimsett said the statues has been repainted their original colour at the group’s November meeting.

“They look beautiful,” he said.

The City is currently running a survey to seek community feedback that will guide development of a master plan for Charnwood Park.

The online survey will be open until March 31 and the City plans to do more consultation in 2018.

For more, email leisure.planning@wanneroo.wa.gov.au or visit www.wanneroo.wa.gov.au.

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