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Tribute to Matthew Harding

At 6:30am Saturday 17th March 2018 a small group of Lorne locals, artists, idolising sculptors, dog walkers and LSB organisers (such as founding member Graeme Wilkie and 2018 Curator Lara Nicholls), all gathered around Matthew Harding’s iconic work "Landbridge", to share thoughts and admirations of him in what was very apt weather for emotional farewells!

I have no doubt that many of us from that very numb occasion will now remember him by this work in particular apparently started creating in steel and then at the last minute rang Lara Nicholls to tell her he was going to use old timber beams from the Rosebud Pier! Visually it has a simple appearance but as any engineer will tell you by virtue of its very simplicity it is masterly in its execution and aesthetic. It is perhaps not so ironical Matthew is quoted as describing this last work as: "... representing a bridge turned on its head"... (LSB Landfall Catalogue).

I understand the LSB organisation, local communities and supporters are already trying to organise raising funds for "Landbridge" to remain in Lorne as a permanent Memorial to Matthew.

"Landbridge" at Lorne LSB 2018, by the late Matthew Harding.

I shall also support this project and if anyone else from the ASV community is interested please let me know asap.
Jackie Mackinnon (0417 371 496)

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