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Chillagoe Marble Lamps by Paul Toft

Wed 18 Mar - Sun 31 May

The Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre is closed until further notice.

Council’s key priorities remain the safety and wellbeing of staff and the community and continuity of services, as appropriate.

Paul Toft has been working with marble for over thirty years, here in Australia and in Indonesia.

These lamps are made from slices of Chillagoe marble, cut to size with high-pressure water jet cutters, which Paul assembles with an epoxy glue. Then he shapes the edges with an electric grinder, sands them by hand and polishes them to a smooth finish.

These lamps were made in a residential shed in White Rock, where the noise of the grinding and the thick layers of marble dust were tolerated by the shed’s owner.

Despite his ailing bones (from old age and an old motorbike accident), Paul manages to stay active, working with this hard and heavy material, which he loves.

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm weekdays and 8:30 - 1:00pm weekends

  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

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