Shearwater sculpture retains pride of place in Southbank

ExxonMobil Australia has gifted its Shearwater sculpture to the City of Melbourne, ensuring it retains its prominent position on the banks of the Yarra River in Southbank.

News

Shearwater sculpture retains pride of place in Southbank

The Shearwater II 1994-95, by sculptor Inge King, was originally commissioned by Esso Australia to be displayed at site outside its Southbank building and was installed in 1995. 

ExxonMobil Australia Chairman Richard Owen said the company was delighted to gift the iconic Shearwater sculpture to the City of Melbourne.

“When we decided to relocate to our new Docklands office, our preference was for this iconic artwork to remain in place and we have worked together with the City of Melbourne to make this a reality.

“The Shearwater is an important piece of art so we are pleased it will remain in the public domain. It is also important to ExxonMobil, which is why we have retained a model version at our new office,” he said.

Public & Government Affairs Operations Manager Katie Brown said ExxonMobil Australia directly contributes to the communities where we operate.

“We have a long history of supporting the arts in Australia and recognise the importance of keeping this iconic artwork available to a broader public audience.

“This community gift builds on this ongoing support and follows our donation of 40 original artworks to the Gippsland Art Gallery earlier this year,” she said.

Facts about the Shearwater II 1994-95

  • Material: Polychrome steel.
  • Dimensions: 780 cm by 670 cm by 350 cm.
  • Description: “The sharp lines along the wings of the sculpture capture a sense of movement, like a bird in flight. The bold colours add identity to the sculpture as one of the common shearwater birds in Australia, known as the Short-tailed Shearwater.”
Photo — Melbourne City Councillor Nick Reece, ExxonMobil Australia Chairman Richard Owen and Central Equity's Eddie Kutner with the Shearwater scuplture.

Related content

Long Island Point team do some woody weeding in the community

In October, eight employees from Long Island Point participated in a Day of Caring volunteering event at Olivers Creek Reserve in Tyabb.

Esso news News

Volunteer Involvement Program grants highlight the volunteering efforts of our people

At ExxonMobil Australia, we are focused on meeting Australia’s energy needs from operations that are embedded in some very diverse and unique communities. From Melbourne’s bustling inner-west, to the charming fields of Gippsland, we rely on support from, and must earn the respect of, our local communities and neighbours.

Esso news News

Longford Plants community bulletin November 2019

Read the latest news from Longford Plants in the November 2019 community bulletin.

Esso news News

Howzat for a great celebration!

Esso Australia would like to thank everyone who went along to the Esso Night Under the Stars concert, helping us celebrate the 50th anniversary of oil and gas production from our Gippsland operations.

Esso news News

Cobia platform back online

The Cobia oil platform is back online after being shut in to replace the 300mm diameter Cobia-to-Halibut oil export pipeline.

Esso news News

Paper gives way to tablets for offshore cranes

It’s getting difficult to keep up with the many amazing ways technology is improving the way we do business.

Esso news News