Local metal artist and sculptor Mark Kelly said he is "thrilled" to have his Gum Leaf Trio sculpture installed in the reception area of the new Goulburn Base Hospital redevelopment.
"Mark's work was chosen by the Arts and Heritage Committee," redevelopment project lead Kerry Hort said.
"He has a long list of photographic accolades including being the winner of the Goulburn Art Prize in 2018.
"It fits beautifully into the overall design vision of the redevelopment."
The Rotary Club of Goulburn provided a large proportion of funding.
The 2.7m high sculpture was inspired by gum leaves in his backyard.
"The three leaves represent a progression of decay," Mr Kelly said.
"The hand-drawn and hand-cut designs feature a lot of cutouts in the most decayed leaf to just stencil linework in the least decayed leaf.
"The middle leaf is a mix of cutouts and line work.
"To further emphasise the concept, the most decayed leaf is Corten steel, so very rusty, and the least is stainless steel.
"The middle leaf is a hybrid, the Corten leaf has a piece of stainless steel inserted down part of the spine."
Mark is part of the Retford Park Artists of the Round Yard group who currently have their x-pollination exhibition running until February 7.
His latest creations "Waratah Wonder" and "Banksia Beauty" are on display on the front lawn of the White Cottage Gallery.
They are both Corten sheets with intricate hand-drawn and hand-cut designs of a waratah and a banksia that feature stainless steel components.
The waratah flower fronds and the banksia pods have been individually cut and shaped using a mix of jewellery and panel-beating techniques, then welded onto the Corten sheet.
In January, Mark will join Bowral-based artist Leanne Booth and Katoomba photographer Tracey Ponich for an exhibition to be held at the Everglades National Trust of Australia property in Leura.
For more information see www.mkmetalart.com.au
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