The iconic bush surrounds of Lake Daylesford are now home to a new permanent artwork titled Cottage, by artist Jason Waterhouse. The artwork has been months in the making with thousands of s-shaped pieces being hand crafted from three kilometres of wrought iron, then joined together to form a scaled-down miners cottage.
‘Cottage’ is a highly decorative wrought iron sculpture inspired by the gates at the Convent in Daylesford. The work references the rich opulence of the Victorian gold rush and pre-war spa resort era in its patterning. In its form ‘cottage’ pays homage to the miners, workers and farmers on whose backs the riches of Daylesford were built.
Cottage is the first in a series of significant public artworks to be commissioned by Council. Cottage will enhance one of Victoria’s premier tourist destinations, Lake Daylesford.
Council’s Public Art Panel selected this work for its high-quality presentation and its broad community appeal. Daylesford is known for its mineral springs, and this work, located near the Lake Daylesford Mineral Springs Reserve, will add a great deal of interest for visitors and locals alike.
Council had over fifty artists interested in this commission and shortlisted three to develop their concepts. The process was unique in that artists were asked to propose a location to us, we only specified that we wanted a work to reflect the unique heritage of Daylesford. The project was commissioned for $30,000.
As well as contributing to numerous group exhibitions, Jason Waterhouse has been awarded several art prizes, including the prestigious Moreland Sculpture Prize, and the Sculpture by the Sea Young Sculptors Prize. He has also been recognized as a finalist for the Helen Lempriere Sculpture Prize, The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture and the McClelland Sculpture Prize and has completed public art commissions in Melbourne and Ballarat.