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Dolphin carving unveiled at East Shores 1A

​Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has commissioned a prominent Queensland artist to create seven unique sculptures for the community, celebrating some of the region’s most unique animals through art.

Sunshine Coast artist Shane Christensen is carving tallowwood to replicate a dolphin, turtle, whale, dugong, shorebird, crab and a barramundi, which will stand more than two metres-high once complete.​

Shovels hit the ground on foundation work this week, with the dolphin and whale sculpture the first to be unveiled just in time for Christmas.

The dolphin is on display at the East Shores 1A water Play Park while the new home for the whale carving will be at the Marina Bridge.

The artwork is all part of Gladstone’s Big6, a GPC education and awareness program, which recognises iconic species of the bioregion and their habitats.

Acting CEO Craig Walker said GPC was proud to be delivering more unique artwork to the community.

“We’re so fortunate that our Port is home to such a diverse range of wildlife including turtles which are regulars on our local beaches and dolphins which are known to play in the harbour inlet and can even be seen from the parklands,” Ms Walker said.

“Our core values at GPC include protecting our environment - we recognise that our port facilities and services are located in estuarine environments and we pride ourselves on operating in a sustainable manner,” he said.

“These beautiful carvings are a wonderful way to showcase our diverse wildlife and our commitment to them around the Port and I’m sure all seven will become a special addition to the community.”