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Murray Arts | Headlie Taylor Header Sculpture EOI

The Greater Hume Shire Council, in partnership with the Headlie Taylor Header Museum (HTHM) and Murray Arts, wishes to commission a significant public artwork in front of the Headlie Taylor Header Museum, located within the Henty Bicentennial Park. The proposed artwork will need to respond to the recognition of Headlie Taylor and his invention. Henty is known as the Home of the Header and it is fitting and proper that the story and legend is enhanced in the sculpture.
 
Henty is situated 61 K’s south of the regional city of Wagga Wagga and 67 K’s north of the Border cities of Albury and Wodonga. The HTHM is located in the township of Henty’s Bicentennial Park. The proposed site for the sculpture will be between the Museum and the Olympic Highway.
 
Years of fundraising by the HTHM has secured funds from various Philanthropic and Government sources to commemorate the local agricultural engineer Headlie Taylor and recognise the historical contribution he made to agriculture. He is one of Australia’s greatest inventors in the field of agricultural machinery. This farmer’s son, who left school at the age of 14, developed the header harvester and laid the foundation of mechanical harvesting of grain which was adopted in Australia and throughout the world. The header harvester was developed in a farm blacksmith shop at Henty in southern NSW at a time when the young nation of Australia was patriotically finding its identity.
 
Dependant on materials used and size of the work, the budget for the successful sculpture will be between $20,000 and $85,000 (GST excluded).
 
For more information, download the artists’ brief here.