New sculpture unveiled at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre honours Mobil Altona refinery
A new sculpture by prominent local artist Jos Van Hulsen was recently unveiled in its permanent place in front of the Louis Joel Arts and Community (LJAC) Centre art gallery.
The sculpture was commissioned for LJAC by Mobil Altona and features upcycled scrap metals from the former refinery at Altona. The concept behind Jos’ design was rebirth and transcendence, with the representation of birth as a metaphor for creativity and new beginnings.
Mobil Altona has a long history of supporting LJAC through contributions to important community projects. The sculpture has built on that relationship and recognises the contributions of both organisations to the local community over the years.
"It was really exciting to have worked with Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre and Mobil to produce a sculptural work for Melbourne's west,” Jos said.
LJAC Manager Karen Ingram also expressed her excitement. “We’re extremely grateful to Mobil for the resources to facilitate a creative relationship with artist Jos Van Hulsen. This sculpture will have an enduring presence at the front of Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre at 5 Sargood Street Altona for all to enjoy.
“It harnesses the history of our building, and our vision for the future as transcendence,” said Karen. “The materials used from the former Altona refinery ensures its legacy remains a part of the community.”
Mobil’s South Asia Pacific Fuels Operations Manager, John Bourke, addressed attendees at the event. “We’re proud to be involved in the delivery of an incredible work of art for the Altona community.
“Thanks to Jos and the Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre for producing a sculpture that encapsulates the Centre’s vision for its future while celebrating the former Altona refinery’s contribution to this community’s history.”