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Warrnambool Art Gallery facade undergoes maintenance.

Minor facelift for WAG

News Article Date: 
Friday, 23 February 2018

The Warrnambool Art Gallery is undergoing a minor facelift with the removal of its portico.

“The WAG is still open and accessible for visitors while this is under way,” Warrnambool City Council Manager Recreation and Culture Russell Lineham said.

“The portico was not a significant structure and will be removed relatively quickly.

“It was made of timber and rendered sheeting and created to frame the WAG’s façade.

“The timber had deteriorated in parts of the portico and it needed to come down.”

The WAG team is investigating opportunities to enhance the front entrance of the gallery once the façade removal is complete.”

WAG Director Vanessa Gerrans said the Robert Ulmann sculpture in basalt The Australian Fur Seal, would be relocated from the gallery to pride of place near the Pavilion.

“Robert was a lifelong friend of the gallery with an artistic vision for Warrnambool before his time,” Ms Gerrans said.

“The sculpture will be accompanied by a plaque describing the history of the artwork, which was bought by the WAG with the assistance of the Australia Council in 1976.”

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