Sea Eagle sculpture renewal

  • Project typeParks
  • Project scheduleDesign and construction July 2023 to late-2024
Sea Eagle sculpture

The Sea Eagle sculpture is a public artwork of historical significance by local artist Craig Medson. Deemed structurally unsafe, the sculpture was removed when construction began on the Kirra Hill renovation. Council has commission a contractor team to design and construct a replica Sea Eagle sculpture.

Project information

The Sea Eagle sculpture (locally known as 'Kirra Eagle' or the 'Rusty Chook') is a public artwork by local artist Craig Medson (1960–2015). The sculpture was installed on Kirra Hill in October 1983 and has historical significance to the area.

Engineering experts determined that the sculpture could no longer be safely displayed in the open air due to the gradual decay of the structure. The sculpture was removed and placed in storage when construction commenced on the Kirra Hill renovation in March 2021.

A publicly advertised expression of interest process to restore or replicate the sculpture was released in May 2021. A viable solution to restore the original Sea Eagle sculpture was not received; however, Council decided to explore further options to design and construct a replica Sea Eagle sculpture.

In June 2023, a contract was awarded to commission a replica that exhibits the original artistic integrity of the Sea Eagle sculpture and acknowledges the late artist Craig Medson.

Design and construction will take approximately 12 months. Installation of the sculpture is scheduled for late-2024.