THE American south prides itself on its steel magnolias, and now Albury’s south has steel orchids.
Growth, a metal sculpture featuring a vase filled with crimson spider orchids, will be unveiled on a grass embankment along Atkins Street this afternoon after being installed yesterday.
The $80,000 eight-metre high work is designed to be a landmark for Albury visitors driving into Albury from the Hume Freeway or arriving on buses and trains at the nearby railway station.
Artist Warren Langley, who has designed pieces for the Vancouver Olympic village and Canberra’s Parliament House, was inspired by the endangered orchid variety which can be found on Nail Can Hill.
He and mayor Kevin Mack will be on hand for the unveiling at 2pm.
“The link to our endangered crimson spider orchids makes this a particularly relevant piece of work,” Cr Mack said.
“It will be a strong identifier for our city and a marker for people that they have arrived in a place that has a vibrant cultural scene.”