From the famous marble statues of Perth to the statues of New Zealand to the stunning statues of Melbourne, the marble statue industry has been reborn in Australia.
While the marbles themselves were a luxury for the elite, the public had a vested interest in the beauty of their monuments.
The marble statue is an important part of the public art and history in Australia, and its restoration and display are the cornerstone of the industry.
Marauding marbles are a family business for Marbles Tasmania, with more than 30 years of experience.
With the marbling industry’s resurgence, Marbles Queensland has decided to restore the iconic marble statues to their original beauty.
The state’s Marbles Museum, which has been a part of Marbles WA since the 1980s, has been able to purchase a number of marble statues for the state and has secured a new set of marble for the Melbourne museum.
The restoration of the iconic marbles was a collaborative effort between the state’s marbles industry and the Museum, with assistance from Perth artist and curator John Paine.
“The marbles have always been a great part of our history in WA, so to be able to restore them, it’s such a privilege,” Mr Paine said.
“It’s just great to be involved in something so important.”
The restoration will bring back the iconic Marbles statues to a state-of-the-art marble restoration facility in Tasmania.
The sculptures, originally commissioned by the state government in the 1930s, were built for Victoria in the 1970s.
This marble restoration is part of a $1.5 million plan to restore over a million marbles in the state.
Marbles Victoria’s chief executive officer, Paul Tarrant, said it was a big deal to be a part in the restoration.
“The marble industry in Tasmania is growing and the marvellous marble statues have been part of that for over 100 years,” Mr Tarrants said.
Mr Tarrantes said the marbled statues were “tremendous and they have been a treasure for generations”.
“Marbles Tasmania’s Marvellous Marbles Program was created by our own Governor, Mark Graham and is supported by the Tasmanian Government, and has been funded by the Victorian Government,” Mr Sarnia said.
Marbles Queensland’s Mr Pain said the state had been lucky to be part of such an iconic and long-standing marble project.
“I think we’re the only state in Australia that has the marples we have here,” Mr Gann said.
He said the restoration would not only restore the marble statues, but would also be an important asset for the Tasmanians tourism industry.
“Tourism Tasmania will be able now to see what the marbs look like in a very new light,” he said.
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